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April 5, 1945     The Billings County Pioneer
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April 5, 1945

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Ii BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER WHEAT AND c( rrON While wheatgrowers face some important adjustments in the postwar period their surplus problem is fortunately not as serious as that with which cotton growers of the south are confronted. New synthetic clothing materials such as rayon and num- erous others were making serious inroads on domestic cotton markets before the war and will become still more of a threat during the postwar period. New vegetable oil sources have also developed to lessen the demand for cottonseed oil and new feeding materials are narrowing the markets for cotton- seed cake. Wheat, on the other hand, while admittedly confronted by a postwar surplus problem, has no serious competitor as a source of flour and no synthetic competitors like those that are so disturbing to the cotton people. Instead, there appear to be possibilities for expanding the demand for wheat for domestic industrial purposes. While the greater per capita consumption of dairy products, fruits, vegetables and certain other kinds of food has had the effect of reducing the per capita consumption of wheat flour somewhat 4uring the years since World war 1 this has been counteracted by the increasing number of consumers. Popula- tion of the United States has grown from 105,710,000 in 1920 to an estimated 138, 00,000 in 1944. Growers of wheat may suffer to some extent from the ad- justment pains of the cotton people however, if any sizable shift of cotton acreage wheat takes place. This has already happened in Texa's and the movement out of cotton and into wheat may continue for a while in some other parts of the south. But in most of the southern areas there will be rather definite limitations to such a shift because of the relatively small farms and other factors which tend to make wheat pro- duction unprofitable. While wheat's postwar problem will be something of a headache for growers and perhaps a serious one that will re- quire a definite course of treatment, such as marketing quotas or acreage control, cotton has a terrific pain in its midriff that nothing less than a major operation will relieve. So, when someone links wheat and cotton together like Siamese twins in talking about the surplus question, Mr. Wheatgrower is justified in saying, "Yes, but " 'JELLY HERE'S THE TAIL STING FOR THE NEW M-69 INCENDIARY BOMB GROUND CREWMEN ON SAIPAN HOIST FI.~E 3OMi~ INTO PLACE TEST SHOWS HOW JELLIED GASOUNE BOMI~HIT JAP HOMELAND FROM TOKYO TO NAGOYA AND KOBE, the 3apanese homebred hml oome to know well the devastating effects O~ the M-69--the Jellied gasoltua incendiary bomb which is now being used to rain fire from B-~ Super ortresses. At top is a close-up of the "deadl7 jelly bean" with a woman worker loading the thickened gasoline into the bomb's tail. In center, an Army Air Force photo shows crewmen of the 21st Bomber Command on Saipan loading the clusters of fire bombs before taking oft for Japan. At bottom, an old building is used to demor.strate what hap-. pens when d~se bombs drop on Nippon's cities. (l~teznatlonal) FREED BY REDS, YANKS ON WAY HOME NOW HOMEWARD BOUND after being freed from German hands by Rus- sian troops during recent Red Army advances, Yank troops and other former Allied prisoners of war are shown heading for the port of Odessa and. according to latest news dispatches, some 1.200 Americans already have arrived in Middle East ports, The officers, it will be noted, wear their bars on h~ts provided by the Reds. (International Soundphoto~ SLOPE STOCKMEN PROTECT CATTLE Stockmen in Slope county are conducting a campaign to protect their cattle from grubs, through treatment with rotenone powder, County Agent Nelson C. Anderson reports. Twenty-one farmers and ranchers have treated 4,500 animals. "These stockmen are definitely in favor of controlling heel flies by grub treatment," Anderson says. He expects most of the cattle in Sl~e county to be treated in 1946. Cat- tle grubs, larva of the heel fly, af- fect meat and milk production, and do heavy damage to hides. FARM YOUTH DRAFT SPURS SAFETY WEEK Impetus has been given national farm safety week by the recent drafting of farm youth ,the national safety council reports. Inaugurated last year as part of the council's "save manpower for warpower" campaign, national farm safety week will be observed again this year July 22-28. The threefold program in which more than 300 organizations and 50,000 individuals participated last year will be repeated to include: 1. Learning farm hazards. 2. Eliminating as many hazards as possible. 3. Acting so as to avoid the re- maining hazards. The United States department of agriculture again will take an ac- tive part in promoting the project. Forty-six states conducted cam- pa]gns in 1944. "Since the drafting of many young farmers, the need for every farm worker to stay uninjured and on the job is more than ever a nec- essity," Maynard H. Coe, director of the farm division of the council, said. He pointed out that farmers lose 25,000,000 man-days annually from accidents: This is enough to pro- duce the entire wheat crop of the United States, according to the council H sheep are reasonably free of internal parasites (worms) when pasturing begins, contamination, of grazing areas will be greatly re- duced. THE LONE RANGER By Bob Green E l WILL DO ANYrHI C 10 [KNI rI' C ucKc-R!iAk-f/- --- ]ll, NOTCUr-US-- l TO ,'r ::XJLD L';'=''' [ I LL THEI L,Er / 1 YOU' ,E .~A'/~ ~TA~E W~.L~ JHE.~ I Irrjco,~ o~, .r-r"~,~our/I I TC~ITO ~J TAKE TI~-~-~ AHEAD]J ' OIDDAP THER:E]]