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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 29, 1974 THE LETHBHioat ncnAiv SEED BREEDERS A T CHIN plots and a different crop growing on each n_. A A nrv d el el d "Dut 4 it Testers check seed packet David Mason and Vivienne Wood By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor farming operation here has little plots with something different growing on each one. It has, fbr example, 426 different varieties of barley and 210 spring wheats. "We know before we start planting exactly where every plot is going to said a spokesman. Just call this farmer North American Plant Breeders. This .firm is busy planting all these different varieties of wheat, oats and barley to see how they will make out in our climate. Each plot is 23 feet long and five feet wide. They are planting acres plots) at Chin and another four acres on nearby irrigated land. Ninety per cent of the crops will be thrown a way. The other tested, improved varieties of cereal grain and forage crop seeds will, hopefully, be licensed and ultimately be sold to North American farmers. On the job Friday were David Mason of Brookston, Indiana, cereal breeding co-ordinator for North American 'Plant Breeders, and Vivienne Wood of the County of Lincolnshire, England, during seeding operations on the Don Millar farm here. Mr. Mason hops around this country and the United States where a great number of cereal trials are being done. .In this country the work goes forward in the Regina, Sask., district and here. In the U.S., trials are underway at Great Falls and North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Washington and California. Miss Wood comes from a farming county about 100 miles north of London. She has been involved in seed breeding operations in many parts of Europe, the U.S. and this country. Said Mr. Mason: "We have 400 different varieties in total. The Herald- District We are screening them to see how suitable they are for working in this area. Many varieties have been developed in England and they have all been tested for one year under these conditions." International Plant, Breeders is comprised of the Shell International Chemical Company and Rothwell Plant Breeders. The firm is experimenting with forage and turf grasses, soy beans, alfalfa, sorghum (a big sileage crop in Kansas) and it has a staff of about 50 people scattered over four permanent locations in the States. Also on hand at Chin was Jim Neilson of the University of Illinois, a soft red wheat technician. They use a special seed drill for the tiny plots, 300 plots to the acre. Selected varieties are entered into official government or university trials in the hope they will pass the licensing qualifications. "Anything that is going to be sold has got to be says the cereal breeding co-oz-dinator. Three of the firm's many barley varieties are now undergoing licensing trials at the Lethbridge Research Station and several other places as well. The same seed continues to be tested privately. A government licensing trial takes at least three years. The Canadian company, founded last March, is still too young to have any seed for sale. But it won't be long. "We have a fairly good idea after one says Mr. Mason. "But we need far more station years data than that." He trained at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, Gloucstershire, England. "I am going down to Arizona in two days he said. "We have got barley down there that is being harvested in two days time." Four people were to stay here and plant for about three days. Another team is working in Arizona, selecting plants. "We are finding out from all the varieties we are screening which ones are the best and the most suitable for growing under these conditions." Mr. Mason started working for Rothwell Plant Breeders in England about six years ago. "I got to be the trials officer for that company, and when they formed the company over here last March, I came over as cereal trials coordinator." It takes patience to develop good seed. "It takes us about 12 to 13 years from making the first cross to getting a variety on the says Mr. Mason. "We would take two of the better wheats grown in this area, cross them and select from segregating populations the most suitable plants which arise. Then several years later we would put them into yield trials. With the enactment in the U.S. of the Plant Variety Protection Act of 1970, commercial development of inbred seed varieties has become attractive. Individual companies can now invest in research and development and be assured of proprietary protection similar to that available to other business developments under patent legislation. Prior to this activity emphasis was on development of new seed varieties by federal and state grants through the Land Grant Colleges and universities. Developed varieties were in the public domain and available to anyone who wanted to develop them. Coleman stands firm on Highway 3 route COLEMAN (CNP town council stands firm in its wish that the new proposed highway 3 follow a route through the town's old business section. Ted Nicholson of the Old Man River Regional Planning Commission has been taken to task by council who felt that the commission should support the town's feelings on the location of the route and not the government's suggestion that the route go north of Coleman. Mayor John Holyk said the north route would ruin the towns new subdivision and would prevent any further expansion of subdivisions north of town. It would also cause problems with the town one councillor said "the north route is just lousy He said besides destroying much valuable land the road as Taber MLA holds hope for milk, price equity TABER (HNS Milk consumers here may win price parity with milk consumers at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. MLA Doug Miller has been advised by Ariculture Minister Hugh Horner that new legislation is being prepared to "give price parity all over the province." Says the Taber-Warner MLA "It would appear that when this new legislation is adopted Taber will pay the same price for its milk as consumers at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat." For the past several years, Taber milk consumers have been paying more than consumers in the two cities. "We have been paying a premium price here to keep the milk price competitive for this supplier in Medicine a Taber town councillor observed recently. Church women lose 6son' COALDALE (HNS) The Eva Greer United Church Women here can no longer support their foster son in Hong Kong "due to circumstances beyond their control." The UCW has "always been grateful for the letters received on the progress and activity of the boy." The women now plan to support a young Hong Kong girl as their foster child. The UCW recently donated to the Coaldale senior citizens' drop-in centre. Mrs. Ed. Richards led the devotional on "thankfulness." Mrs. Albert Baldeo showed a filmstrip on the church mission work. Friends will be invited to the next meeting and several members will be honored. The Southern Alberta Ladies Presbyterial will be held from a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Coaldale United Church. planned would have to make almost right angle turns to rejoin the old highway west of Carbondale which the proposed highway will follow. It was suggested that Coleman Collieries Coal cleaning plant might be moved from its present location out of town which strengthened council's wish for the highway to take the old downtown route. The matter of uprooting some of the residents of Bushtown if the route were to go down mainstreet was brought up by Mr. Nicholson. Council said that, although it was not their desire to see anyone uprooted, if this route was taken provision should be made for a home replacement. Mayor Holtk felt that many of the people that would be moved would then enjoy sewer services, water services and a generally better existance. At this time Mr. Nicholson informed council that the government is now looking into providing sewer facilities for Bushtown as well as proper water services rather than the wells citizens now use. He said some of the people also had sentimental reasons for wanting to remain where they were located. Council expressed surprise at this information regarding sewer facilities and water lines for east Coleman as they said they have never been informed of this. Coun. Graham Atkinson indicated he felt that some sort of pressure was being put on the planning commission to push the north route and he added "I'll bet my next year's wages that if Coleman agrees to join the proposed local government for the Crowsnest Pass the Department of Highways will put the road where we want work proceeds The flagwoman on Highway 3 between Coaldale and Taber is Nora O'Neill of Edmonton, a first-year computing science student at the University of Alberta. Crews are putting a new top coat of asphalt on the road. A big potato patch Joe Wada, foreman, and Ken Nakamura carry out potato seeding operations Friday on an 80-acre patch north of Taber. They work for Nakamura Farms, owned by Norman Nakamura of Tatyer. It will take two 11-hour days to seed the patch with chemically treated seed potatoes that look like rocks. About 550 acres will be seed- ed with netted gems. Nakamura Farms also grows sugar beets, sweet corn, grain and a few vegetables. Crowsnest Birthright work explained to parish women NATAL House has been elected president of the Catholic Women's League of St. Michael's Parish. Ohter officers: Jan Chapman, vice-president; Lorene Pisoni, second vice- president; Susan Skrocki, secretary; and Ann Szing, treasurer. A parish casino will be held May 25. Tentative plans are under way to present 25-year membership pins to members who qualify. May 31 being the Feast, of Our Lady of Good Counsel, it will be observed by members attending mass for deceased CWL members of the parish. This is also the 36th anniversary of the instituting of the CWL at Natal. A full report is to be made available to members of the parish, showing the many projects that were undertaken by the league throughout the year. Mame Hrdlicka, a past- president, has been nominated for the position of treasurer at the diocesan level. Ann Fantin addressed the meeting on She described her work as a "satellite" with the Calgary Birthright organization, a voluntary, non-profit group committed to help solve any problem that might make it difficult for a pregnant girl or women to have her baby. Problems faced by a pregnant woman may be financial, legal, medical, psychiatric, or they may involve employment, accommodation, immigration or adoption. Mrs. Fantin said that Birthright service is a person- lo-person help to girls and women distressed by problem of pregnancies with which can't cope themselves. For some, this means just sympathetic listening and counselling and guiding to appropriate social agencies. For the majority this means personal, practical help given all through pregnancy, and even after birth. Birthright assesses the girls' problem and finds solutions other than abortion. Since Birthright was founded, many girls have been placed in private homes and many others in maternity homes. Of the women in the Toroneo area who called Birthright in the first two years of operation more than half wanted abortio.ns. Birthright suggested a satisfactory alternative solution and 99 per cent of these callers accepted it, the meeting was told. The retiring executive of St. Michael's CWL comprising Sophie Krall, Mary Chala and Carol Letasy recently undertook the task on behalf of the members of presenting to Rev. Joe Smith, pastor of St. Michael's Parish at Sparwood. Warner Lions Club elects new executive WARNER Wayne Glass has been elected president of the 37-member Warner Lions Club. Jerald Hutchinson is past-president. The new executive includes: John Bolokoski, 1st vice- president; Malcolm Flexhaug, 2nd vice-president; Roger Christensen, 3rd vice-president; Ray Dreger, secretary; Emil Gundlock, treasurer; Jim Murray and George Pittman, tailtwisters, Crawford Thorn, lion tamer; and directors Phil Morrison, Ron Hutchinson, Lawrence Liebelt and Ken Lomas. Production record NATAL (HNS) Another production record was recently toppled by Kaiser Resources Ltd. employees on Harmer ridge when Shorty Walmsley's Crew 2 removed cubic yards of rock on the afternoon shift, beating the previous record of cubic yards for a single shift set by Crew 3 Feb. 10 under general foreman Doug Peppard. Childhood services group rolling TABER (HNS) The newly-formed Early Childhood Services Council of the Taber Roman Catholic separate school district has elected Allen Herbst president.. 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