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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THt irffllRIBOl HKALD Friday, Apfil 10, WO M I Outlook By Steve Evolved from the continuing j-rangle of Canada's farm com- munity is UK Palliser Wheat Growers' Association, a newly formed Saskatchewan group presently soliciting membership in Alberta. The organization if success- ful, will represent south-eastern Alberta and southern Saskatch- ewan, and the protein wheat growers in this area knovvti as the Palliser triangle. (This triangle produces about TO per cent cf Canada's total protein Its defined purpose is to es- tablish a lobby group or pres- sure organization to effectively promote poli c i e s relating to high protein wheat in the tri- angle. The sights of the association seem to be on the Canada West Board as the present, and asso- ciation president, Waller Nel- son, said recently, "the group has no quarrel with the wheat board, but they are in a rut, and when inevitable changes come to the board, we want to be in on it." One of the malr criticisms of the board seems to be the pol- icy, of bill bearding grain price quotations daily, and leav ing DO room for bargaining on the part of private exportini firms. One firm official said "we make mere profit on 1.20C cases of dog food than we do on one million bushels of Canadiai grain." Bob Ferguson, a director c e association from Drinkwa :er, Saskatchewan, said, "Can ada needs salesmen in foreign countries to sell our grain. W tiave only one man in Japa who is one of our best and mos reliable customers." It does seem logical that fo a multi million dollar indus try Canada could spend a lilll more on promotion. (Canadia wheat sales have dropped froj 30 per cent of the world mar ket in 19M to 17 per cent Canada is r.ot in as stron bargaining po s i t i o n as man people think, and with only fiv per cent of the world's grail we can no longer sit back anc wait for buyers to come to us SPEAK-OFF WINNERS Donna Pava n, silling far left, took first place in the Leth- bridge Foothills Lighthorse Club speak-offs held recently in lethridge. Linda Bland, centre placed third senior. Pat Pavan, standing left, placed fourth senior, Connie Hazuda, sec- ond senior, and Joan Pavan, first place in the wee class. A total of 15 speakers from the club competed, each presenting four to six minute talks on any topic of their choice. With the exception of the pee wee s pealcers, the girls will move next to the dis- trict speak-offs April 10th and then to regional on the 16th. tlechanized Sprinkler Irrigation-Practical, Efficient System Promises Assets To Alberta Irrigation S. NORE1KA IrrigatiM Specialist Water KtSMrers Division Alberta In 1948 sprinkler irrigation as introduced to soutliera Al- berta and since that time the growth has been steady. By 963 approximately ores were irrigated ty sprint er method. At the beginning of the sprinkler irrigation era there was little competition for grav ty irrigation as the sprinkler systems were poorly designed and operating costs wereex- remely high. However, introduction ol mechanized sprinkler systems and by offering electricity, pro- jane of natural gas at a com jetitive price, greatly increase< interest in the use of sprinkler systems. Great numbers of side roll wheel move systems aa a large network of power lines ia the country indicates the trend towards automated irri gation farming. Mechanized systems vary in degree of labour savings, adapt ability to topographic and fie! shape conditions, various crops soil type and climatic condi rJons. A well designed and well op- erated sprinkler system pro vides many desirable benefits such as: considerable water saving; ability for light and fre- [uent applications where and hen required; high and better quality ieWs; soil erosion problem dur- ing the irrigation period is elim- inated; very small acreage is la- en out for ditches, resulting in a) lesser problem; (b) esser seepage problem; (c) more convenient and economi- cal farming; (d) more area under production; considerable labour saving f mechanized sprinkler system is used and no skilled labour is required; irrigated crops can be prown easily on coarse soils or shallow soils that cannot be lev eUed for gravity irrigation; no problem to irrigate ands of rough rolling topo- graphy. In the Lethbridge area, a least 2D per cent of the acres have very topo- graphy and should be irrigate by sprinklers. Presently, this acreage is classed as iirigable however; most of the time it is fanned as dryland. The day. of mechanicalrj moved sprinkler irrigation sys terns is definitely here. The manufacturers of these sprinl ler systems have engineere< them with great care and mos them are effective, and well uited for our conditions, but contemplating the pur- lase of a mechanized sprink- er system should carefully cal- vlate the cost of the system as related to bis method of op- ration, in particular, when alculaUng the potential labour savings. It takes 15 years er more before labour savings equal to capital investment Phen costs of water applica- ion are calculated, it is gener- rily found that there is very lit- tle variation between annual cost per irrigated acre for the same conditions whether the system is hand-move or side- roll. Pay considerable attention to offsetting costs which will be in- curred such as depreciation, in- terest en capital investment and annual, operating costs (fuel and main! e n a n c In other words, pay attention to econo- mics. Visit your local Irrigation Specialist and obtain an .econo- mic feasibility report from Kim. A good sprinkler system has an economical balance be- tween pipe cost and power cost. Besides that, may we'offer a word of caution. In purchasing a sprinkler system, it'is'neces- sary to install 'and operate ac- cording to its design to achieve good results. Properly designed systems' alone do not assure 4-H Club 'Bulletin Board WILLOW CREEK The Willow Creek 4-H Light Horse Club public speaking fi- nals were on Sat., April -1, in the Provincial Building in Clareshplra. Judges were Mr. M. Johnson and Mr. Hoss Ber- trand. Dianna Bolduc, speaking on- World Starvation, was placed first. Placing second was Barbara Kapty, speaking on Japan. Third was Cara Moser, speaking on Sportman- ship. Dianne Bolduc and Bar- bara .Kapty will speak ct the regional finals on Wednesday in Claresholm. Btth Cornish reporter. LETHBRIDGE The second meeting of 1970, for the' Lelhbridge District 4-H Council was held March 19th in the department of youth of fices. Eleven out of fifteen clubs were represented. The curling Bonspiel of which the 4-11 council and Depart menl of youth arranged was held on March 31st. The win ning rinks were, first to fourth Jim Nayha, Evelyn Slezina Mariyn Charlesworth, and Rick Pastel The executive would like to thank Milo Barfuss and El eanor Riehl for making the da; a great success. Cindy Young reporter. PINCHER CREEK The speak-offs for the Pin- ner Creek 4-H Light Horse lub were held, Tuesday, larch 31 in the Town Hall. They were judged by Mr. Hill and Mr. M. Kilcommons. The speakers who partici- lated were; Bruce McMurdo, ?onnie Sproule, Doreen Kettles and Lorna Dennis. All the speeches were inter- esting and well prepared. The ENCHANT ENCHANT (HNS) The 4-H beef club held their March Meeting in the hall kitchen with all members present but one. Karen Sander railed the meeting to order. The roll call was answered with an animal supplement. The date for their public speaking had to be clanged to April 6 as they were unable to gel judges for their other dale. They have reserved the bowl ing alley for April llth when all members are asked to go for an evening's fun, Darcy and Keven Virostel gave a talk on show kits' am the items to be kept in the ki and (heir uses. judges came to the decision that Connie .Sproule, Doreen Kettles and Gail Burgess wouli continue to the Pincher Creel I district level on April 3rd. Gail Burgess won the be- jinner's trophy out of Ihe three Deginners. On April 3rd. the Pincher }reck district level speakoffs cere held from which six speakers were chosen to com- lefe against the Cardston level. Bonnie Sproule and Gail Bur- less were two of the six. Joanne Crook reporter. New War Declared On Dogs BLA1RMORE (CNP Bureau) The Town of Blairmore is taking action to enforce the dog bylaw. Owners of dogs are remind- ed the animals must be kept on leash or must be under the con- trol of the owner at all times. Dogs found running loose in town will be picked up by the local pouDdkeeper. Unclaimed dogs will be de- stroyed. A nominal fine has also been set for infractions of the bylaw. Numerous complaints of dogs running at large and creating a nuisance spurred the council to action. No matter what you plant this year, protect your income I A I with Avadex. Perhaps this year, because more income is an absolute must, you'rs going to switch to flox or rapeseed crops and cut every possible, corner on expenses. Whatever your plans, are still going to be the major threat to your income. And Avadex is still the number one wild oof killer, llt's been proven on Ihe prairies lor ten .'As a pre-emergent Avadex is still the only product you'; can use at the same time yoj pbnt.So don't lose your investment by letting wild oats take over as much as a third of your land, because there are no profits in wild oats. No matter what you plant, plant it with Avadex. Avaoex EVEN BIGGER SAVINGS ON BULK Pool ManWW! CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES LTD. Picture Butte Tabcr Raymond Coaldale Bow Wand Vauxhall CO-OP SOUTHERN ALBERTA CO-OP ASSOCIATION ;