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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD July 1974 Farmers again reject government calls to plant more OTTAWA Prompted perhaps by but probably more by bad spring farmers again have rejected government calls for increased crop production in an increasingly grain- hungry world Though prices and demand for most cereals and oilseeds continue recent Statistics Canada figures show that farmers are grow- ing a traditional mix of crops and are leaving a good portion ol cropland out of production in summerfallow. They have planted 23.3 mil- lion acres of wheat this year- well below last year's 24.8 a spring call bv Otto minister responsible for the Canadian wheat for 28 million acres As a the country might be left next year with its lowest supply of wheat in more than a decade. estimated at 26.4 million is sharp- ly higher than the amount recommended by the government. Mr. Lang has said land out of production this year should have be cut to about 21.5 million 25 per cent lower than last to allow a corresponding increase in crop production. who usually leave part of their land in summerfallow to benefit the following year from extra moisture stored while the land is rejected the call. They decided to leave a nor- mal number of acres out of production. Two economists with the agriculture department's marketing and trade J S. Carmichael and B. W. say farmers probably have been forced to cut production slightly and increase summei fallow be- cause of the unusually wet spring. was later than usual in the Prairie provinces because of a late snow- melting which was followed by prolonged the economists say in a recent analysis of the crop situation. windy weather made the topsoil very dry in parts of the southern and uneven germination of some crops was The two say it still is too early to predict how large the resulting grain and oilseed crops will be this argu- ing thai the late spring could leave the crop suscep- tible than usual to damage by dry weather during the grow- ing frost before maturity and poor harvest But if the wheat for in- averages 25 bushels to the down from 26.1 bush- els an acre last the total crop will amount to about 580 million bushels That is down from 609 million bushels last year. When the Ontario wheat crop of between 17 and 20 million bushels is added to the wheat production in the country may be about 600 million bushels this year. Add to that carry-over sup- plies of wheat of about 375 million and the country could have about 975 million bushels for disposal in 1974-1975. Since about 180 million bushels are used only about 800 million bushels would be available for export and carryover the following year. That is the lowest available supply of Canadian wheat since 1962-63. Production of the other ma- jor grain and oilseed crops are likely to follow a similar trend. Barley estimated at 11.4 million is down from 11.7 million acres last year. Assuming an average crop of about 449 million lower carry-over stocks and domestic use of 350 million the country will be left with 300 million bushels for export. the other major Prairie feed on six million is acres less than last year. Mr. earlier this called for barley production on 13 million and oat production on 6 5 million. Oilseed estimates indicate thai the crop may be up slight- ly this year. Rapeseed for has increased two per cent from 1973 to 3.2 million acres. Department say that despite the supplies will be sharply lower in 1974-75. an average yield of 17 bushels per produc- tion would total 54.4 million bushels when combin- ed with stocks of about seven million would give total supplies of 61.4 million Last supplies totalled 73.9 million bushels. Flaxseed are expected to drop about 10 per cent to 24 million bushels despite a three-per-cent increase in acreage to about 1.5 million acres. Mr. Lang had urged farmers to plant 4.5 million acres of ra- peseed and two million acres of flax. What this means to the world is open to since Canada ranks well behind the United States as a major exporter of par- ticularly wheat. Any cut in would appear serious amid the steady stream of ominous re- ports by the international Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations of droughts and hunger in heavily-populated parts of the world. REMOVES STANDARDS WASHINGTON The House of Representatives voted Monday to ease propos- ed restrictions on mountain- top strip mining in a en- vironmentalists serious- ly weakened a bill to regulate surface coal mining in the United States. By a 65-to-19 the House adopted an amendment to exempt moun- taintop removal from propos- ed stringent standards dealing with other types of strip min- ing on steep slopes. Makarios used dummy to escape death plot TEL AVIV supporters of Arch- bishop Makarios believe he escaped death in last week's coup by using a life-size dummy of himself to divert attention while he fled from a monastery where he had taken Israeli evacuees from Cyprus said Tuesday. The 37 who arrived here from said Greek- Cypriots told them the dummy was placed in the archbishop's which was driven from the monastery toward Nicosia. The car was attacked and destroyed by Greek-officered National Guard forces who apparently believed they had kill- ed the president. This apparently led to the reports of Makarios' death in the first hours of the July 15 coup. the Greek Orthodox archbishop was smuggled from the monastery to the safety of a British military base from which he was flown to London. The Greek-Cypriots told the Israelis the dummy nad been prepared especially for such an emergency. Wages catching up with inflation Fire situation worsens Anti-British demonstration Demonstrators gather in front of British embassy in Athens to protest British role in Cyprus. They stoned the windows and attempted to storm the building but were repelled by Greek police. WINNIPEG The forest fire situation in Manitoba has worsened A Manitoba forestry branch spokesman said Tuesday the number of fires reported burn- ing in the province increased to 49 from 37 in the 24-hour period starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Of the 14 are under 24 are out of and no action is being taken on 11 fires burning in remote WITH EVERY VOLVO WAGON YOU GET A VOLVO SEDAN. After you've loaded the cargo area of a Volvo station wagon holds a six foot sofa and two you forget you have a wagon. it fits anywhere a Volvo sedan can. They're both the same length is about three feet less than those giant it handles as easily as a Volvo sedan because it comes with the same suspension the same tight turning circle to a VW and the same four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Come in and test drive our wagon. You'll enjoy our sedan. SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 538 6th St. Lethbridge Phone 328-6586 areas of northern Manitoba. The largest fires are concentrated in the area east of Lake Winnipeg and in the north close to South Indian Lake. Three each covering about are located near Bloodvein Lake 100 miles northeast of and at Fishing and Dogskin lakes farther north. In the fires are estimated to be covering more than acres. PARIS The Organ- ization for Economic Co-oper- ation and Development says wages in Canada are expected to start catching up with in- flation this year and personal consumption will accelerate in early 1975. In its semi-annual economic outlook issued Tuesday the 24-country OECD also says Canadian economic growth likely to remain relatively perhaps slowing down somewhat dur- ing the present year but regaining a rate close to potential in the first half of Covering Canada and six other the outlook is based largely on forecasts and figures provided by the governments involved. Its Canada section generally reflects the position taken by the tinance department. in the United the OECD wages and salaries have fallen over the recent and some catch-up would seem likely in the present a tendency confirmed by recent wage set- tlements Statistics Canada said in its most recent report on ear- nings that average weekly wages rose five-tenths of one per cent in seasonally adjusted The consumer price index rose seven-tenths of one per cent in the same month. With the catch-up in advance in nominal dis- posable income should therefore remain although the rise in employ- ment may slow the OECD report says. expansion of real pri- vate consumption may remain moderate for the rest of but could accelerate some- what in the first half of next year. It says consumption should grow partly because inflation is expected to slow down. tixed investment should continue to grow at a fairly high Because of a sharp rise in mortgage some decline in housing starts is a marked slow- down in the rate of growth of residential Demand is expected to grow more quickly in Canada than so imports likely will outpace exports to slack foreign markets ''With the rise in agricultural export prices levelling the current ac- count deficit in current prices can be expected to possibly to billion in the first half of compared to million in the first half this year. the report says farm prices are expected to decline after mid-year and energy prices should level oft. But stabiliEing prices may be offset by higher wage costs. 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