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    SIX The Ileppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon, Thursday. November 20, 1979
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Oregon wheat growers could lose $35 million in sales of white wheat
The Iranian crisis could cost
Oregon wheat growers an
estimated $30 to $35 million
this year.
That's the figure Oregon
State University Extension
agricultural economist Jim
Cornelius puts on the potential
loss of sales of white wheat
this year to Iran.
"Couple that with a similar
loss of sales this year to
Pakistan, and you have a
Lexington
news ;
Delpha Jones'
The Amicitia Club met at
the home of Betty Mills in
Heppner for their Christmas
meeting. The home and gar
den was beautifully decorated
in the Christmas motif. Dur
ing the evening the ladies
were delightfully surprised
from a visit from Santa Claus
delivering goodies.
Prizes were won by Barbara
Cutsforth. high; Martha Mun
kers. second high; Beebe
Munkers, low; and Barbara
Cutsforth. pinochle. Door pri
zes were won by Gladys Van
Winkle and Eileen Padberg.
Besides those winning prizes
players present were Betty
Christman. Vonnie Lovgren
and the hostess Betty Mills.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Jones
and Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Richards of Irrigon attended
the State Fair Board conven
tion at the Thunderbird Motel
in Portland last week.
Mrs. C.C. Jones and Gladys
VanWinkle entertained the
Holly Rebekah Past Noble
Grands Club at the Jones
home on Tuesday with a
luncheon meeting. The tables
were decorated with the
Christmas motif and a gold
and red candlelabra with red
burning candles. The motif
was also in evidence in the
other rooms in the house.
Eollowing the dinner a short
business meeting was held at
which time election of officers
was held with the following
elected to office: Chairman
Dorothy Burcham, vice-chairman
Ruth Robinson, and
secretary Leila Palmer. It
was decided to entertain the
clubs of Milton-Freewater,
Pendleton. Stanfield. and Her
miston April 19 at the Rebekah
hall. Those present for the
afternoon were Catie Pad
berg. Florence McMillan.
Irene Padberg. Dorothy Bur
cham. Freda Majeske. Ruth
Robinson, two guests Joyce
Buchanan and Virginia Peck
and the hostesses Gladys
VanWinkle and Delpha Jones.
The next meeting will be in
March at a no-host luncheon
where hostesses Donna Papi
neau and Ruth Robinson
choose.
Mrs. Mike Kane and small
son Patrick have been visiting
with nor sister and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Bradd' in
Ontario.
Mike Kane, who has been
spending several weeks with
his wife Leora and son
Patrick, is now in southern
California where he will be
employed for a few weeks.
The Lexington City Council
has been busy the last meeting
with the hiring of the Krum
bein Engineering Co. of Pen
dleton, that will survey the
city and set monuments for
the use in further surveying of
the setting of boundary lines
for property holders in the
city.
This project is carried on
through HUD. that helps
with matching government
funds. The group voted to open
C street between Depot St. and
West St.
Lexington area citizens owe
a great thanks to the business
houses who are financing the
street lighting and business
house lighting in town.
Pat Cutsforth furnished the
fine tree near the City Hall
and decorated it.
It is nice that there are
people who care enough to
take time for these extra
things that make our town a
prettier place, and spread the
VmltHrM- cniril
sizable impact on the state."
Cornelius said. Pakistan has
reduced imports of Northwest
wheat because of a successful
crop year in that country.
Oregon and the other Paci
fic Northwest states normally
export around 75 percent of
their wheat crop, and 40
percent of that usually goes to
Iran and Pakistan. So far this
vear. sales of Northwest
wheat are off by 17 million
bushels, and unless other
countries pick up the slack,
that figure could approach 30
million bushels by May 31 (the
end of the marketing year).
Cornelius said it is question
able whether other major
sales will offset the potential
losses. "Japan and Korea are
the other two major impor
ters, and their demand is
stable from year to year.
Taiwan. Yemen and the Phi
lippines import relatively
smaller quantities."
Two other countries hold
some promise for sales of
Northwest wheat. India's
wheat crop was hurt by poor
weather conditions, and Main
land China has shown some
inic-n-st in Northwest white
wheal The Chinese, pre
viously reluctant to buy North
west wheat because of con
cern with potential disease
problems, have ordered 2.2
million bushels so far this
year
Russia also has experienced
a poor crop year, but that
country prefers the hard red
winter wheat of the Midwest
similar to that grown in their
own country. The Northwest's
soft white wheat is lower in
protein, and is generally not
used in making bread. White
wheat is preferred in noodles,
pastries, and crackers.
The northwest states pro
duced a little more than 200
million bushels of wheat in
1979. with Oregon accounting
fnr about 25 percent of the
total, which at today's prices
translates to a farm value of
$225 million.
Although sales of Northwest
wheat to Iran before the
current crisis was only 8.7
million bushels. Australia is
reported to have sold them
another 18 million bushels.
Cornelius advised Oregon
wheat farmers to watch mar
ket conditions carefully before
deciding on how much wheat
to plant in 1980.
"Loss of sales to Iran and
Pakistan has had a sizable
effect on prices, possibly as
much as a 50-to-fi0 cents a
bushel drop. Too much pro
duction without a pickup in
export sales could lead to
continued downward pressure
on the price of white wheat."
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