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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                10 Thf Cedar Rapids Gazette: Jur 21, 1974 fawn News Ag Bureau Tour More than 50 Cedar Rapids and Marion civic leaders participated in the fifth annual farm bus tour planned by the Chamber of Commerce agriculture bureau this week. One of the stops was at the Don Lefebure farm at Fairfax, where Lefebure, pictured above with loudspeaker in hand, discussed some of the problems confronting hog producers today. Cleon Herriott, pictured at the right of Lefebure, made comments at each of the stops, which included the Ervin and Jim Schmuecker Angus operation at Marengo, the Gordon Sevig beef confinement facility at Walford, the Glen Mulherin dairy operation at Cedar Rapids and the Gerhardt Krug antique tractor ranch near Atkins. East Iowa Home of Top Herds AMKS Northeast Iowa continues to he the home of the slate's Herd Improve inent Assn. (U11IA) produclioi leaders. Kayelte county led the stale this year in the number of herds averaging over 10 per- cent above the breed average, with 37 herds. Other counties with 10 or more herds honored fur lop production included: Clayton county, 34; Allamakee, 30; Winneshiek. 27; Sioux, Breiner, 14; Delaware, 12, and Howard, 10. Two Eastern lowans, Ronald (irucnwald of Lost Nation and Karlton Eberling of Postvillc, had highest producing herds in their categories. Gruenwald owned the high producing Milking Shorthorn which averaged pounds of milk and 405 pounds of buttcrfat, while Eberling had the highest producing mixed herd averag- ing pounds of milk and 405 pounds of butterfat. To Order Your Action-Ad, Dial 398-8234. Meet on Meat Kenneth Rush, President Nixon's economic counselor who feels profits for meat packers and retailers are too high, Monday called representatives to the White House to seek a way to cut retail meat prices. Rush is flanked by Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz (left) and Herbert Stein, chairman of the council of economic advisers. Tested Bull Sale Prices Are Lower HUMESTON Prices at the Iowa Beef Improvement Assn. performance tested bull salt- here this week were lower. Officials blamed this on the general cattle market trend. The sale average on all breeds was Angus bulls had an average price of The Big Blacks sold averaged while the Simmentals averaged the Blonde d'Aquitaine Maine Anjou Gelbvieh Limousin Beef Master Chianina Charolais and Polled Herefords An Angus bull consigned by UCA Farms, Inc., of Burling- ton, Colo., topped the sale at Buyer was lion Wilson of Thcdford, Neb. A Marengo breeder, Dwight Felling, purchased the high selling Simmental bull from Art Salsness of Sioux City for ON THIS DATE in 1898, the first U.S. troops landed in Cuba in the Spanish-American war. Spring Conditions Just Right for Armyworms AMES Scattered infesta- tions of armyworms are ex- pected again this year, says an Iowa State university specialist. Harold Stockdale, extension. entomologist, says armyworms lay their eggs in grassy crops and weeds. Recent rains have made it difficult to satisfac- torily control weeds in many parts of the state. Once the worms eat grassy weeds, or if herbicides destroy the grass, the pests quickly move to corn and begin feeding. Natural Enemies Armyworms have several natural enemies which usually prevent large-scale outbreaks and subsequent economic damage to Iowa's corn crops. However, the cool weather has' been unfavorable for the development of these natural armyworm enemies, and ar- Lounsberry Asks Import Moratorium LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) The agriculture directors of 12 Midwestern states including Iowa this week asked for im- port controls on meat and heard one of the nation's lar- gest feeder-producers suggest an immediate 30-day mora- torium on imports. "I'm not saying we should ban all said Robert Lounsberry, head of Iowa's agriculture department, in of- fering the import controls resolution. Instead, Lounsberry told his colleagues attending the summer conference of the Midwest Assn. of State Departments of Agriculture that there should be some negotiated balance. "We're not negotiating he said. "We're just throwing the borders open." Lounsberry said he based his resolution on increasing im- port figures which were recorded at a time when the meat industry is "faced with financial disaster." Also adopted was a resolu- tion offered by Don Wilkinson of Wisconsin asking the deadline for state pesticide control programs be extended beyond October of 1976. Student Trainee Joins FHA Staff TIPTON Dorothyann Williams has been appointed student trainee for the Farmers Home Administration in Tipton. She will assist County Supervisor Kenneth D. Dunn and Assistant County Supervisor William T. Kra.hling. The Tipton FHA of- fice serves Cedar, Jones and Clinton counties. Dorothyann is a senior at Iowa State university majoring in animal science. She is from rural Charlotte and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles II. Williams, jr. Her duties this summer will Include working with families in both rural housing and farmer program loans. myworrhs appear to thrive on cool weather. Corn fields, oats, or wheat infested with armyworms should receive an application of either one pound of actual Dylox, or pounds of actual malathion per acre. Other application alternatives are two pounds of diazinon, Sevin, or toxaphene per acre. Tox- aphene should not be used on dairy farms or on corn that will be harvested for silage. Stockdale has a warning for farmers who have planted corn under reduced tillage systems. Corn planted in grass, in addi- tion to attracting amiyworm moths, provides a good habitat for egg-laying stalk borer moths. If herbicides kill the grass being fed on by stalk borer larvae, the stalk borers will move to the corn. Double Check Stalk borers, as the name implies, burrow into young corn stalks just above the soil level. Once inside, they cannot be killed with insecticides. Before applying a herbicide, the entomologist suggests checking for both armyworms and stalk borers and use an insecticide if either species is present. Stalk borers are common in outer rows of most corn fields. Soil Meeting SYRACUSE, N.Y. "Land Use: Persuasion or Regula- is the theme of the 29th annual meeting of the Soil Conservation Society of America to be held here Aug. 11-14. Leaf Spot Reported in All Sections AMES Numerous reporL of bacterial leaf spot on corn are coming from every sectioi of Iowa, according to Rober Nyvall, extension plant disease specialist at Iowa State university. Though striking in appearance, the disease does not cause yield loss, he said This disease is being con- fused with southern and northern corn leaf blight. However, Nyvall said the outbreak is probably related to the period of cool, windy weather that occurred June 5-15. Round, elliptical to elongat- ed spots on the lower leaves are typical symptoms of the disease. Initially, the spots are water soaked and grayish- green. Later they become creamy-white to tan. The spots may be bordered by a purple, red margin. Nyvall said the disease probably is caused by soil bacteria blown into the leaves of the corn plant during a storm. He said farmers could expect to see a lot of this disease in the next two weeks. The plant specialist said past observations attribute no yield reduction to this disease. The incidence should cease during warm, dry weather that usually occurs in July, he ad- ded. ON THIS DATE in 1919, in World war I, part of a German fleet interned at Scapa Flow in Scotland was scuttled by the German crew men. lowans Illustrate Crisis For Senate Committee By Bernard Brenner WASHINGTON (UPI) John Doe, a farmer in Sioux county, Iowa, owns a 240-acre farm and makes his living feeding cattle and hogs to produce meat for the nation's tables. Until last fall he was doing fairly well. Doe the name is fictitious had a net worth last October of Could Be Wiped Out Today, a financial statement on file with the senate agricul- ture committee shows the farmer's net worth is down to If he goes on at this rate, he would be wiped out completely before the end of the year. The statement was filed by a Sioux county farm and business group appealing to congress for emergency credit legislation to help livestock producers struggle through a crisis caused by months of livestock market prices below production costs. According to the statement obtained from the owner of the 240-acrc farm, he is holding cattle and hogs with a current market value totaling The fanner's current operat- ing debt, however, is The difference between the two figures is part of the financial storm which has slashed John Doe's net worth by some since last full. "We are facing catas- said Harlan Hummel, a Sioux county spokesman who presented the doleful list of figures to the senate commit- tee. "Without immediate emer- gency financing, these people have no hope. They are being forced out of business, and along with them will go many of the businessmen they buy Hummel said. Sioux county, Hummel explained, has a total popula- tion of people and its largest town has people. Its economy is primarily based on agriculture and many of its businesses are facing the same kind of fears confronting Jack Ping, a feed dealer in Ireton, Iowa, Hummel added. Dcalrr Concerned Mr. Ping has been in the feed business (or 30 years he has seen the worth of his cus- tomers grow from to He has seen the same net worth wiped out in the last eight Hummel said. "He has at least 150 farmer- customers who cannot pay their bills. Without emergency financing, they cannot pay him. lie, too, will be wiped out with over in accounts receivable. His feed mill employs 13 people, and within a few months at least three- fourths of them will have to be the lowan Sears ears Sale Ends Sat. P.M. Sale SHOP AT SEARS AND SAVE wn Guaranteed or Your Money Back SEARS. HOrr.UCK AMI) KTOIIK HOIIIIS SUNDAY Noon to 5 p.m. MON. through FRI. a.m.-e p.m. SATURDAY p.m. PHONE MMKNX) I HKi: PARKING I INDAI.i; RAPIDS, IOWA   

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