Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 28, 1974, Page 64

Cedar Rapids Gazette

August 28, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4C The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Auk. 28. 1974 Adolph Nemec Counts U.S. Crops for Survey B> James P. Sterba New York Times News Service WAVERLY, Neb. — Sometimes people wonder about Adolph J. Nemee. When they see him park by the roadside and walk into a cornfield, as he does almost daily, it raises all sorts of questions about what he is doing. Nemec, 51 years old, counts corn and soybeans and supervises four women and another man who do the same thing. They are among some 1,300 part-time “crop enumerators” who wander around the nation's farm fields with tape measures, day-glo ribbons, stakes and other tools (snake-ite kits are optional) gathering data for the United States department of agriculture’s monthly crop reports. Forecast Impact The reports are forecasts of the size of fall harvests Thev are controversial because they have economic power of their own, regardless of what, for instance, the corn crop turns out to be This year, because of worry' over inflation, a summer drought and the lowest level in grain stocks since World war II, the reports have had more impact than usual Nemec is a practitioner of the mathematics of more or less. And so are the farmers whose opinions of their crops also provide data for the monthly forecasts. Yet, the cornfield mathematics of more or less tends to harden somewhere up the ladder and through the computer It emerges in neat digits and, despite the cautions, it makes people and prices jump up or down When the agriculture department's crop reporting board emerged from 12 hours behind locked doors in Washington on Aug. 12 and an- Linn Cattlemen Slate September Beef Trip The Linn county Cattlemen’s Assn and extension service will sponsor this year’s annual beef tour in a trip throughout Western Iowa that will include ail facets of the cattle industry, Sept 11-13 The tour will leave May City in Cedar Rapids at 7:30 a rn on Wednesday, Sept. ll, and travel to the Roger Clause farm in Grand Junction. The Clause farm was the site of the 1968 Farm Progress show and has a 500-head completely enclosed confinement system Later in the day, the tour will visit two large cow herds in Odebolt and Ida Grove. A cooperative condominium feedlot in Sioux Center will host the group on Thursday, Sept. 12. The tour will also stop at the Sioux City stockyards, Pamper Beef, and Group 21 At Pamper Beef in Aurelia, the group will study a IO,(MHI-head confinement Holstein feeding operation Group 21 in Sutherland is a IO,000-head open lot and 1,300-head confinement cattle feeding program On the last day of the tour, Davenport's Keppy Wins Carcass Show DES MOINES (AP) - Former winner Roy B. Keppy of Davenport added another grand championship trophy to his collection in the pork carcass contest at the Iowa State Fair last week Keppy’s crossbred hog, which placed second in on-the-hoof competition last Monday, was entered in the 1974 Iowa production tested barrow show and produced the top pork carcass The 256 pound animal yielded a pork chop which measured 6.36 square inches, one of the largest ever in the annual competition the group will visit the Bob Rinehart farm of in Everly. Rinehart owns 150 commercial beef cows and is experimenting with Limousin breed stock Roy Olson of Dickens will also host the tour, He specializes in open lot feeding with mounds and pollution control. A cattle feeding system and cow herd owned by John and Connie Grieg of Estherville will be the last stop for the beef tour before returning to Cedar Rapids A cost of $5(1 per person for the tour will include travel, two nights’ lodging and some meals. Although the tour will leave from Cedar Rapids, it is not limited to Linn county residents or Cattlemen's Assn. members Anyone interested should contact Dick Freeman at the Linn county extension office or Ralph Blackford of Marion before Sept I National Vice Chairman J. Merrill Anderson, Iowa Farm Bureau president, was elected vice-chairman of the National Live Stock and Meat Board at the organization’s 52nd annual meeting in Seattle, Wash , August 20 Anderson has served on the 15-member executive committee since 1967 and has been one of three American Farm Bureau representatives on the Meat Board since 1964 nounced that its corn harvest forecast had plummeted from a previous 6.6-biIUon-bushel bumper yield to 4.9 billion bushels because of the drouth, the news set off enough economic waves to suggest that the data had originated from some sacred mountain instead of some sample cornfields Small Sampling Yet, in Nebraska, in the heart of the Corn Belt, the information for that forecast came from 28 enumerators such as Nemec who measured and counted only 200 corn row samples 15 feet long, and from the surveyed opinions of only about 850 of the state’s 69,000 farmers. Agriculture officials in Washington are somewhat secretive about how far off their forecasts are month by month during the growing season. They do say that on the average by June they are high or low by only 4 to 8 percent on a state basis and by I to 2 percent nationally, and that their accuracy improves as the harvest nears. But at the Nebraska state office of the federal agriculture department’s statistical reporting service, charts show that over the last five years forecasts have been off as much as 20 percent as late as August and that the percentage of error sometimes does not fall below IO percent until October, just before harvest. (an’t Generalize This year, forecasting is especially difficult, says Douglas Murfield, head of the Statistical Reporting service for Nebraska “In good years the crops are uniform in size and easier to generalize about. This year the variation is much greater from field to field.” But for the corn crop, there was no direct information from the field until late in July During early months, virtually all information came from farmers, some of whom have been sent questionnaires for decades. Murfield said that, beginning this year, his office was attempting to weed out mailing lists in an effort to get a greater percentage of responses from farmers Nationwide, only about one-third complete and return questionnaires No checks an* made on their answers of acreage planted or crop condition but a correction factor is used in weighing statewide responses bas«*d on how far they were off in past years TiIk t£*tlnr RttpitU (Dnjct+c IOWA CITY OFFICE Is Located At 222 E. Prentiss To order your low cost want ad or subscribe to Eastern Iowa's family newspaper DIAL 338-8731 Mon. thru Sat.    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dave Ackerman, District Mgr. Co-Op Official Cites Growth DES MOINES - “Fiscal 1974 was a year of continued growth in lending activity for the Omaha Bank for Cooperatives and a year of continued growth for farmer cooperatives in this area,” John Barling, president of the Omaha Bank for Cooperatives, said here Tuesday. Marling was speaking to managers and directors of cooperatives from throughout central and southeast Iowa attending a regional meeting of bank stockholders and borrowers. "It is my opinion the financial strength of cooperatives in this area has never been better,” Harling said “Sales volume of nearly every association in the bank’s loan portfolio has shown dramatic increases — not only in the areas of marketing of farm products, but also in the sales of fertilizer, petroleum products and other farm supplies ” The Omaha bank advanced $555 million to cooperatives during the 1974 fiscal year — an increase of $19 million over the previous year, he said To Report Drag Violation Telephone Michael Dooley 377-8081 One of Americas great simple pleasures. Save IOO on any size Van Camp’s Pork and Beans. A family favorite for over a century. Mr. Dealer: You are authorized as an agent of Stokely-Van Camp, Inc., to allow 10c toward the purchase of one can (any size) of Van Camp s Pork and Beans. Mail this coupon to: Stokely-Van Camp Inc., P O. Box 163, Clinton, Iowa 52732. We will pay you the value of this coupon plus 3C handling for each coupon providing you have complied with terms of this offer, 216 D IO OFF STORE COUPON Invoices proving purchase of sufficient stocks of our brands to cover coupons submitted must be shown upon request. Failure to do so at our option may void all coupons submitted Coupons good only on brand specified and are non-transferable. Consumer must pay any sales tax involved. This offer void where taxed, restricted, or license required. Cash redemption value 1/20 of ic Offer expires October 31, 1974. "Why my hamburgers taste better than your hamburgers!’ -AN IMMODEST OPINION BY CHEF FLEM JONES Its not me. Its my Open Pit1 barbecue sauce. Open Pit gives hamburgers an outdoor taste that helps you forget you can’t afford steak. Heres how you can make em at home-like mine. Mix Vb lbs of ground beef with a cup of bread crumbs and V4 cup of Open Pit (add a little water if the mixture seems dry 1. Then salt and pepper the beef to your taste and shape it into 6 patties Next, panbroil the patties in a greased skillet. Or cook them under a broiler in an aluminum foil-lined pan. Turn them once to brown both sides. Add Va cup of w ater to % cup of Open Pit and pour it over the patties Keep cooking them until they’re done the way you like them, basting w ith Open Pit barbecue sauce from the pan. Why Open Pit? Because it gives hamburgers a delicious outdoor taste. Incidentally, you can use Open Pit as a marinade, too. You get a choice of four flavors. Original Flavor-thats w hat I use Original Flavor with Minced Onions Hickory Smoke Flavor. And Hot ’n Spicy. You w ant to make hamburgers th.it taste like my hamburgers? You’ve just gotta use*Open Pit. P.S. 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The two Minneapolis girls found that by whistling at Oscar they could make him gobble more than the other turkeys in the I 2-minute contest. return News 1 Top Honors to Delaware Unit In Dairy Tests MANC HESTER - The Del-aware county dairy judging team brought home first place honors in the 4-H dairy judging contest at the Iowa State fair last week. The team placed first over 18 other teams in both oral and written reasons. The four-man team received first in judging of Milking Shorthorns. second in Brown Swiss. third in Aryshires, and fourth in Guernseys. Terry Kngelken was the top individual dairy judge in the state contest. The Earlville youth also placed first in oral reasons. Other members of the team included Joe Peiffer of j Manchester, and Charles Weigel and Duane Nieman both of Earlville. Larry Shover of Delhi coached the team. The Delaware county dairy judging team will represent Iowa in the national 4-H dairy judging contest at Columbus. Ohio, in October. Rainfall Aids DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa crops continued bi improve with increased rainfall last week, the Iowa Crop and Livestock Reporting Service said this week Farmers’ chief concerns had shifted from drouth to good maturing weather and the date of the first killing frost, the service said Compared with the five-year average of 78 percent, just 64 percent of the 1974 corn crop was at or past the dough stage, and 26 percent of the corn was at or past the dent stage, compart'd with the 39 Crop Picture percent average, the report said Soybean development was mostly good and very near the five-year average for this tinje of year, the service said. But weed control was becoming a problem in many fields since the recent rains, the weekly survey said ON THIS DATE in 1973, Mexico was hit by a devastating earthquake in which about 500 were killed and more than I,IMH) injured Starmont FFA The Starmont EF'A received second-place honors in the fourth annual Iowa vo-ag FFA ag mechanics contest at the Iowa State fair last weekend Out of the 58 teams from vo-ag departments that participated in the event, Starmont ranked second as a team and also had the second highest individual in the contest. Ray Sandhagen of Starmont placed second in the contest. His team members included Dick Streicher and Dennis Kragmann. Mark Johnson is tin* team’s vo-ag instructor and chapter FFA adviser. Third rn the individual Places Second competition was Tama team member Martin Brauns The Tama team placed tenth in the over all team competition Two other Eastern Iowa FFA chapters placed in the top ten behind the Starmont team in the mechanics division The Anamosa FFA team placed third Fourth-place honors went to the Manchester FFA team. ON THIS DATE in 1969, the Nixon administration was granted a request for a delay in the start of court-ordered desegregation of 30 Mississippi school districts IO* OFF ANY SIZE MAKES BUYING THESE GREAT-TASTING PORK & BEANS AN EVEN GREATER PLEASURE ''an Camp’s Pork and Beans have been one of America’s great simple pleasures for over a century. Now, for greater pleasure, we’re allowing IOC off the price of any size can. When you taste those tender beans with their savory tomatoey flavor, you'll know why Van Camp’s has been a longtime family favorite. Van Camp's Pork and Beans. One of the few things left where a dime helps go a long way toward buying a lot of simple eating pleasure. ;