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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Page 3 From page 1 - -irl-~, ~! l!~l iii.. The vocal number The River will be performed by the high school choir under the direction of Mrs. Constance Knott. It will be followed by the high school band perform- ing Highlights from Lord of the Rings directed by Mrs Brenda Derickson. Principal William Richards will then introduce the high Honor students. Superintendent Loy Woelber will introduce the com- mencement speaker, Industrial Arts teacher Mr. Doug Lee. After the Commencement Address Mr. Richards will introduce the graduating class. School board chairperson Marvin Kleven will present diploma's to the graduating class. The class will then file out of the gymnasium to the strains of Fanfare and Processional The graduates will form a reception line outside the school, weather permit- ting. The class flower is the Gerbera Daisy and the class colors are orange, teal, and white. Class Motto: "Isn't it funny how day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different. " C.J. Lewis. Increasing mpac crop Above: This large planter was on the move between Walnut Grove and Westbrook Monday morning. With the size of some of the equipment these days it doesn't take long to plant an 80 acre field when conditions are good. By: Don Nitchie price Or higher. Weather throughout the U of MN Extension corn and soybean belt can continue to bring many surprises for 2013. Record net farm incomes continued to From 2007 to 2012 direct costs for corn make headlines for 2012 as the result of production have risen by $1.87 per bushel, better than expected Minnesota crop yields or 83 percent for the average Southwest and prices. But, the long expected and Minnesota farm. This has been driven by inevitable tightening of profit margins for increased cash rent, seed and fertilizer costs crop production could become the real followed by significant increases in fuel headline story for 2013. This could result and repair costs. Overhead costs have from a return to more typical rainfall levels increased $.32 per bushel on average from throughout the Midwest, increased grain 2007 to 2012 driven largely by machinery supplies and significantly higher produc- and building depreciation costs. tion costs than just a few years ago. To manage through projected periods of Profitability and Net Farm Incomes may tighter profit margins as may be possible vary greatly depending on how an individ- for 2013 and beyond, many experts advice, ual producer has controlled their costs and "forget the generous profit margins of the takes advantage of strong pre-harvest and last 4-5 years". Concentrate on managing post-harvest prices when available, for margins and focus on what have been rea- inventories as well as 2013 production, sonable long term profit margins when Total costs of corn production on cash marketing grain. Strong yields will always rented acres including direct costs, over- help lower your breakeven costs per bushel head, labor and management averaged and yields are largely influenced by weath- $4.90 per bushel for Southwest Minnesota er but, not entirely. During 2012 in according to FINBIN data at the Center for Southwest Minnesota, costs of production Farm Financial Management at the for corn on cash rented acres varied from University of Minnesota for 287 farms in $6.02 per bushel for low profit farms to 2012. If there are further cost increases as $4.31 per bushel for high profit farms. many experts expect in 2013 this could eas- Yields, meanwhile, averaged 179 bushels ily put breakeven production costs at well per acre for high profit farms to 159 bush- over $5.00 per bushel at typical long-run els for low profit farms, with the average yields. As of May 8, prices offered at area farm yielding 168 bushels per acre. There grain elevators ranged from $4.79-$4.87 was much more variation in costs per per bushel mid-week for new crop/fall bushel than can be explained by yield delivery corn. While these prices currently variation alone. may still cover most direct and overhead During 2013, a profitable producer will costs, prospects for returns to labor, man- agement and for profits do not look posi- tive. A delayed start to corn planting due to cold and wet weather has triggered much speculation on the possibility of switching corn acres to soybeans. However, at this time new crop/faU delivery soybean prices are at $11.54 per bushel and average 2013 breakeven cost of production on cash rent- ed acres is proiected by some to be at that CLASSIFIED CALL 274-61 36 OR 1 -800-410-1859 have to specifically know their own costs per bushel of production to be able to mar- ket wisely. Determine reasonable profit goals based on margins not on price expec- tations alone. Continually evaluate all marketing tools beyond pricing at harvest and recognize your comfort level in using those tools. Adjust your expectations to the current production conditions. Recognize when marketing grain there is always a trade-offbetween risk and opportunity. Try to manage risk while keeping some oppor- tunities for price gains. Financial bench- marks for decision-making such as those provided by membership in a farm man- agement group such as Southwest MN Farm Business Management Association or those at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are very helpful. From page 1 After discussing pros and cons the council -- there are not a lot of times this is a prob- agreed to look at it and work with Simonson lem." to work out a deal that would suit the needs of The council discussed a couple of issues both Westbrook Ag Power and the city. with the library. The eve troughs on the new Police Chief Alan Wahl reported on the addition are to small and need to be replaced. Emergency Operations plan. Two of the city's They have contributed to ice build up. Also sirens have been updated and programmed, the heat tape needs to be installed in the area the third siren still needs programming, on the north side of the building. All of the city's pagers will be programmed The library also would like a step installed June 10th to comply with narrow band adjacent to the library entrance. The council requirements, it will include pagers for all city also decided to get a small snow thrower for departments, city employees to use to clear the walks of the Mayor Phelps asked Wahl if they need to city hall and library. appoint someone to determine things like traf- The Westbrook Area Volunteers was tic control in the event of a major disaster, issued a liquor and gambling permit for Fun Wahl told the council there would be assis- Days. tance from the county and other sources to The council was informed that Maynard's deal with emergency issues. Grocery failed a tobacco compliance test. The Phelps felt the council needs to hold a employee cited will be fmed $50.00 for sell- special meeting with local emergency person- ing cigarettes to a minor by civil citation. The nel to go over the Emergency Plan of the city. council waved the free to the business. According to Municipal Utilities The Fire Department requested to pur- Superintendent, Dennis Jutting, in the event chase a defibrillator for the rescue truck, a gas of a natural disaster like a tornado, they (util- detector tO check for CO and gas leaks, and ity crew) will be moving very quickly to tumout gear. There is a possibility they could check natural gas and other utilities, get a matching funds grant from the State of Phelps said, "this will be an ongoing Minnesota Safety Grants. thing." The council approved new fire crew mem- City Street supervisor Carl Conrad men- her Aaron Croes to the department. tioned the city spent the last couple of weeks The following building permits were picking up tree branches from the recent ice approved: storm. He said they picked up over 100 truck Cottonwood County -- recycling shed on loads of branches. Davis Avenue. The council discussed the city ordinance Lawrence Carlson -- storage shed on his regarding events where alcohol is served, property on Bell Avenue. Wahl thought the ordinance allows under age Don Fogelson -- garage and driveway on kids to be with their parents until 11:00 p.m. his property on Elm Avenue. week nights and 1:00 a.m. week ends. The April Police report: problem is when kids are at these events with- Two domestic calls. Assist Murray County, out their parents, according to Wahl. suicidal male. Programmed two sirens. Council person Manda Jorgenson said, "we need to have everyone on the same page \ trr,$ p. 'l'y We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. After all, it's not just another bar, it's a classic o neighborhood hangout. ON/OFF SALE 628-4645. 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