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Montana farmer-stockman. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1947-1993, June 15, 1951, Image 16

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at just 2 ounces per acre
aldrin controls all species . . . regardless of
hopper count.
America's farm papers have been telling the
aldrin story with great enthusiasm. "It's amazing
.. ."terrific power", . ."lowest cost per acre". . .
"Wherever aldrin gets to hoppers, they die"... etc.
aldrin is top choice
In all hopper areas the results are the same . . ,
wherever aldrin is used , grasshoppers cease to be a
problem. Aldrin kills by ingestion, contact and fumi
gation, with an average kill of 96% in 3 days. Make
sure you get on your dealer's list for aldrin now
... it will be scarce before the season ends!
Aldrin is manufactured by Julius Hyman & Co.,
and is distributed by Shell Chemical Corpora
tion, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York 18.
Aldrin is available under the brand names «4
leading insecticide manufacturers.'Consult your
local dealer and county agent.
Keeping in Touch With Washington
Rollbacks Big Issue
In DPA Extension
THE LULL in the battle over beef
cattle ceilings will be broken in a
few days when congress decides
what to do about extending the de
fense production act scheduled to
expire on June 30. The big issue will
be the price rollbacks scheduled for
Aug. 1 and Oct. 1.
Whether it is a new law or
just a temporary extension of
the present law, cattlemen will
battle to kill OPS authority for
further rollbacks. They already
have made ja strong case against
the rollbacks, but it isn't known
yet how many congressmen they
There is very little chance that
the new DPA will get through con
gress by the end of this month. Most
observers here believe debate over
controls will last through most of
July. Intentions now are to ask for
a 60 or 90-day extension of the pres
ent act.
Cattlemen, backed by most of the
big farm organizations, will fight to
block extension unless it contains a
provision specifically prohibiting
further rollbacks on beef cattle
Prospects of their getting
such a provision now look good, but
the administration is determined to
oppose it right down to the final
The beef battle has been one of
the hottest in years. It has been
marked by charges of bad faith
and double-crossing. Some of
the charges appear to observers
here to be justified.
Price Administrator DiSalle is ac
cused by cattlemen with breaking
a promise that there would be no roll
back of prices. Meat control officials
in OPS told newsmen a week prior
to the order that no rollback was
Inside story, however, is that Di
Salle changed his mind almost at the
last minute. Packers convinced him
they needed a rollback to January
freeze level on beef to make up for
higher live animal prices. Neither
packers nor OPS has issued any fig
ures, however, to justify the 50 per
cent increase in packers' "take" out
of live animal prices.
DiSalle reasoned that if he gave
the packers an increase and didn't
promise consumers anything he
would have both producers and
sumers on his neck. So he promised
lower prices to consumers for later
this year. He reasoned that congress
probably would reverse his order and
that consumers would blame con
gress instead of OPS.
Agriculture Secretary Brannan
argued with DiSalle against the fu
ture rollbacks, but when the argu
ment was taken to the White House,
President Truman backed DiSalle.
Brannan then was forced to go to
congress and defend an order which
he had told DiSalle was completely
Agriculture department protests to
Mobilization Director Wilson and
threats to carry the fight to capitol
The full story of a blazing row
between the agriculture depart
ment and defense production of
ficials hasn't leaked to the press.
Defense officials are whittling
down USDA's estimates of farm
requirements for machinery and
other production supplies.
hill forced defense production au
thority officials to shelve, for the
time being, an order cutting steel
for farm machinery by 30 percent.
Cuts also are planned for agricul
tural chemicals going into fertilizer
and insecticides. The state depart
ment, against USDA protests, has al
located 880,000 tons of scarce sul
phur for export this year. The re
sult, say USDA officials, will be a
reduced supply of fertilizer and
shortage of some insecticides next
The big reason why USDA
fears a cut in farm production
supplies is that such a cut would
seriously upset their plans to
ask for another year of record
food production in 1952. Farm
ers can't meet high production
goals if ' they are short of ma
chinery. labor and fertilizer.
Department planners are working
on 1952 production goals earlier than
usual. They want 1952 wheat acre
age of approximately 80,000,000 acres
and they want more corn and other
feed grains. They will ask livestock
producers to keep their 1952 sched
ules at least as high as this year.
Some officials, however, are not
optimistic that big goals can be
reached if OPS continues to squeeze
farmers on prices and defense of
ficials take away a sizeable portion
of their production supplies. Some
of them are becoming pretty dis
The shortage of farm labor for
the fall harvest may be more
severe than had been expected.
Congress still is arguing over
passage of a bill which would
open the way for importation of
100,000 or more Mexican work
At the same time farmers will need
help most, plants with defense con
tracts will be making a drive for
additional employes. They will offer
workers higher wages and undoubt
edly many will go to cities. Some
estimates place the number as high
as 250,000.
Agriculture department officials
estimate that there will be some
300,000 to 400,000 fewer workers
available for work on farms this fall
than last.
The agriculture department,
bowing to pressure from the
stale department and EGA. has
consented to schedule grain ex
ports at 40,000.000 bushels a
month for the fiscal year starting
July 1. They are. however, un
easy about committing that much
grain for sale or as gifts abroad.
Grain officials point out that ex
ports of that size will whittle U. S,
reserves of wheat to under 300,000,
000 bushels before the 1952 crop is
harvested. In the past they have in
sisted that reductions below 450,000,
000 bushels would leave this coüntry
in danger of a shortage should we
have only one bad crop year.
An equally serious threat is pre
sented by feed grains. Consumption
of feed grains this year will exceed
1950 production by from 100,000,000
to 200,000,000 bushels. Unless .this
year's corn and other feed grain pro
duction is exceptionally large, feed
reserves next spring will be the low
est in many years.

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