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U.S. grain production up
while Soviet, levels drop
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WASHINGTON (AP)- Farmers are expected to harvest a
record 7.94 billion bushels of corn this fall, 19 percent more
than in 1980 when drought and hot weather reduced yields,
the Agriculture Department said yesterday.
The new estimate is up 3 percent from last month's
forecast of 7.73 billion bushels, officials said.
BUMPER CROPS of soybeans, record harvests of wheat
and rice, and the biggest cotton crop in 28 years also were
The immensity of the corn crop is staggering. For exam-
ple, it could fill more than 2.3 million rail cars, making a
train that would-reaeh more than 22,000 miles-nearly the
distance around the world.
While the huge crops will help dampen consumer food and
fiber costs in the coming year, they also mean weaker
market prices for farmers. The administration already has
announced it plans to curb wheat production next year in an
effort to bolster prices.
THE SOVIET GRAIN crop continued to deteriorate last
month amid adverse weather, causing Agriculture Depar-
tment analysis yesterday to further reduce their estimates of
the 1981 Soviet harvest.
According to the USDA's monthly Soviet grain update, the
analysts placed the 1981 Soviet grain crop at .180 million
metric tons. That compares to last month's estimate of 185
million and the Soviet target of 236 million.
"Although an anonymous source in the USSR Ministry of
Agriculture stated that the 1981 crop would likely exceed last
year's 189 million tons, there is little to substantiate this
claim," the report said.
SHOULD THE estimate hold, it would be tle third straigh
year Soviet farmers have failed by substantial amounts to
meet their government's target. The latest USDA projection
is only 1 million metric tons higher than the 1979 Soviet crop,
one of the poorest in ears.
Later, the,USDA announced another sale of U.S. grain to
the Soviet Union-400,000 netric tons of corn and 250,000 tons
of wheat for delivery in 1981;82, the sixth year of a long-term
The latest sales raised to 5.1 million tons of grain-2.25
million wheat and 2.85 million corn-that the Soviet Union4
has bought under terms of the pact's sixth year.
It requires the Soviets to buy at least 6 million tons an-
nually, plus two million tons of additional grain if it chooses,
without further consultation with U.S. officials.
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LANSING (UPI) - The state's
Eastern Equine Encephalitis warning
was extended yesterday to portions of
Branch, Ingham, Livingston and
Genesee counties and officials said all
pesons living near marshy areas should
THE ANNOUNCEMENT followed
the fastest spurt ofpew horse cases this
summer-11since the beginning of the
month-but health experts said the
dreaded disease may be at or near its
"This nine day period we have just
been through should be the peak of the
onset of new cases," said Dr. William
Hall of the Public Health Department,
adding the state "should be on the
downswing side of the curve of risk."
THIS YEAR, there have been a total
of 31 cases so far, half last year's pace,
and many of them were concentrated in
the southeastern portion of the state. No
human cases have been reported.
The state's warnings against contact
with potentially disease'bearin
mosquitos now extends to portions of 1
counties, including nortlern
Washtenaw. Residents of these areas,
adjacent regions and marshy regions
are advised to avoid places where
mosquitos congregate, use repellant
and fix screens.
Dreaded horse illness
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cardinal paid friend
CHICAGO (AP)--.Anewspaper said
yesterday that Cardinal John Cody paid
a "secret church salary" higher than
his own to a woman who is a life-long
friend and remote relative.
The Chicago Sun-Times said in a
copyright story-its second in as many
days about Cody's finances-that Helen
Dolan Wilson of St. Louis received a
salary ranging from $7,200 in 1969 to
$11,500 in 1975, but that several church
employees said they never saw her
working for the archdiocese.
The Sun-Times reported that for
years Cody has exercised complete
control over two unaudited bank ac-
-counts. The newspaper said the gover-
nment is investigating allegations that
Cody, leader of 2.4 million Catholics,
diverted up to $1 million in church funds
from those accounts to Wilson for such
items as her. Florida home, a luxury.
car, expensive clothes and furs.
The archdiocese issued a statement
Thursday denying any misuse of funds,
and refused further comment yester-
Wilson has denied receiving the
salary or any money from Cody, who
earned $8,000 a year through most of
the '1%70s. The archdiocese describes
Cody and Wilson as step-cousins.
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