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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, Ausu.t 51, 1970 THB inHBRIDGB HERAID 21 Turf Farm Is Sign Of Times BILL PORTER, LEFT, AND CRAIG PORTER LAY TURF Don Porter, owner and oper- ator of the 100 acre Bow Island furf Tarm, believes the lawn- MK! market is now coming into its own, as society demands more free time leisure ac- tivities. Mr. Porter purchased the plot of land earlier this year, and works it with his son Craig. The Porters' say they haven t had time to look back since that time. Seeding of the gigantic Merion and Kentucky Blue- grass mix lawn is done with a soecial tractbr drawn grass- seeder, in August, when accord- ing to Mr. Porter, the days aren't so hot and water con- sumption is lessened. He also suggests other people would be wiser to plant lawns in the fall or late summer for the same reasons. Weeds and dandelions are kept out of the field with regu- lated applications of 2-4-D. Craig Porter says weeds cannot grow on a healthy lawn. Water this was kept on the field by means of a hand- move irrigation system, but land grading has begun and will lower the entire 100 acre patch so flood irrigation can be utilized for the next crop. Harvesting is done with a hand operated turf cutter which slices the turf in one foot by four feet by two inch slabs. The Porters' plan to purchase a more sophisticated harvest machine for the upcoming year which will cut and load the turf. After the turf is nit, installa- tion of a lawn simply involves laying the slabs side by side to cover the desired surface. After the turf is laid, watering is important to insure rapid and uniform growth. "You can't tell whether a lawn was seeded or laid after a few weeks says Craig Porter, and the grass is ready for cut- ting five days after it is laid.' The Porters' claim that a turf lawn is than a seed lawn over a two year period, after seed, fertilizer, weed control, water costs and top soil expenses are figured in. "Many building contractors are using the turf said Mr. Porter, "and they think it is a sign of the times." Receives Certificate Evan T. Gushul, Lethbridge, was recently certified as a reg- istered biological photographer at the annual international m e e ting "Biocommunications 70" held at Houston, Texas. Mr. Gushul, one of five can- didates successfully completing the three-phase examination process this year, has been on the staff of the Research Sta- tion in Lethbridge, for 16 years. During the meeting, Mr. Gushul presented a paper en- titled "Photographing Insects in Their Habitat." Alberta Hog Producers Support Research On Disease AtUotS The Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board is supporting research at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, into the nature and prevention of certain intestinal diseases in pigs. The Board in conjunction with the Alberta Agriculture Research Trust is providing annually over the next three years for studies in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine of diseases associated with a bacteria known as E. Coli. These include baby pig gcours, weanling diarrhea and edema disease, which result in significant yearly losses to the jwine industry through reduced weight gains and death. The research is being carried out by Dr. N. 0. Nielsen, head of the Department of Veteri- nary Pathology; Dr. W. E. Hoe, of the department of Veterinary Physiology; and Dr. T. T. Kramer of the Depart- ment of Veterinary Microbiolo- gy. Five graduate students are assisting them. The project could have impli- cations for human medicine since the diseases associated with E. Coli are similar to some forms of infantile diarr- hea and to be a type of cholera common among people in As- ian countries. Dr. Nielsen said that the re- searchers have succeeded in isolating a toxin from the bac- teria capable of causing the While They Lost! 1970 TOYOTA COROLLAS TOYOTA TRAVEL CENTRE Located at General Farm Supplies Coutts Highway Phone 327-3165 iliarrhea. The next he said is to study the chemistry of the toxin to find out how it acts on the intestine and what can be done to prevent the dis- Honest Debt FINT, Mich (AP) A re- tired grocery store owner has received a money order to cover the balance of a grocery bill incurred 28 years ago. "It was an honest bill and I thought I should pay said George F. Decamp, a retired auot worker, after he found the bill in his house where it had been mis- placed in 1942. STORM TOLL Tornadoes have killed Kentuckians since 1916. 99.50 FOB FORT MACLEOD 2000 BUSHEL GRAIN STORAGE UNIT SUPER-TOUGH FULCON REINFORCED PLASTIC Manufactured by Inland Plastics, Olds, Alberta YESTEH THREAD ROPE IN HEM FOH STABILITY AND STRENGTH SUPER TOUGH: WATERPROOF REINFORCED PLASTIC (TWO WEIGHTS AVAILABLE) REINFORCED TIE-TABS AT 6' INTERVALS TO SECURE COVER SNOW FENCE LINED WITH REINFORCED PLASTIC CLOTH (IT BREATHES) EASY TO CONSTRUCT This 22" diameter circular grain storage unit can be put into use in minutes, then be rolled up and stored when nut -n use. COVER AND LINER s constructed in super-tough reinforced plastic to insure lung lasting service. ECONOMICAL Store grain safely at a fraction of normal cost. SEVERAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED Order early and avoid delay AVAILABLE NOW AT: ease. This will include an In- vestigation of any natural im- munity pigs have to the disease and of the possibility of a suit- able vaccine. Soil Not Bottomless Sink DR. JOHN L. NEAL Soil Microbiologist Until recently it has been generally believed that soil micro-organisms will decom- pose all forms of organic chemicals added to soil, re- gardless of their complexity. The soil has been regarded by some as a bottomless sink. To the regret of modern agri- cultural and industrial technol- ogists, micro-organisms do not degrade all organic com- pounds, particularly many of those that are synthetic. Com- pounds not degraded accumu- late in the soil. Present-day investigations of microbial ecology enable one to suggest a set of guidelines related to microbial behavior governing the biodegradation of chemicals. However, these guidelines are only tentative, especially in the fight of re- search being conducted at the Lethbridge Research Station and elsewhere. They are as fol- If Hie micro-o r g a n i s m does not possess the necessary enzymes for degradation of a specific compound, the com- pound will not be degraded. Even if the necessary enzymes for biodegradation are produced by the micro- organisms the compound will not be decomposed if the ma- terial cannot be ingested by the micro-organism. Likewise, if a chemical or one of its degradation products is harmful to the micnwrgan ism, biodegradation will take place. t) The chemical to be de graded must be accessible to the micro-organism. If it is combined will: clay, organic matter, or other materials, or if it is insoluble, degradation may not occur. Biological degradation wii not occur in soils that are de- ficient in water or other nutrients necessary for micro bial ife. Likewise, if the soi environment is either too acid or too alkaline, -micro-organ isms that could degrade a compound are unable to per sist. These guidelines will hopeful ly not endure any longer than the time required to perform meaningful in particular that will allow man to modify syntheti chemicals necessary for agn culture so that they can be completely degraded to harm less products. There is little doubt that bio degradation of syntheti chemicals can be altered b. changing their chemical struc ture. Hopefully, the guidelines that govern soil microbial de- gradation of synthetic chemi cals will be decreased until i can be stated that "All syn thetic chemicals that might af feet man or the organism he wishes to protect are bio- degradable and the products o this degradation process are not harmful." T7L Manufacturing Co. Ltd. PHONE 234-3977 P.O. BOX 435 FORT MACIEOD, ALBERTA Calendar Of Farm Events August 20-21 Red Deer Provincial Horticultural Show August 21-22 Lethbridge Horticultural Society Show August 22 Claresholrn Agricultural Fair August 23 Coalhurst South Regional Appaloosa Meet. August 24 Vulcan Agricultural Fair August 26 Brooks Horticultural Station Field Day August 26 Nobleford Agricultural Fair September 21-23 St. Adele, P.Q. International Rapesced Conference sponsored by the federal department of industry, trade and commerce and the Rape- seed Association of Canada. September 29-October 1 Vancouver Canadian Hatchery Federation's 33rd Annual Convention. November 13-21 Toronto Agricultual Winter Fair November 18-19-20 Edmonton Alberta Poultry Industry Conference November 18 Edmonton Alberta Turkey Association An- nual Meeting. November 25-27 Ottawa Agricultural Congress on Task Force Recommendations. -1- DON PORTER HARVESTS LAWN TURF Cattle Shelters Prove Valuable THINK SNOW IN AUGUST? If you are a cattleman, wind and snow and cold weather are mportant to you. Do you recall last whiter; not oo bad at all? How about the winter before that, a different story? Maybe better wind- >reaks and shelters would im- irovc the picture. Wind and snow have a much more damaging effect on cat- Je health and performance han the winter cold. Recent work by the University of Al- berta, using records from dis- trict feedlots, shows that stress and sickness disorders in feed- lot cattle are much greater on the day following a strong wind than at any other time. Most cattlemen question the economics of cattle sheds for feedlot or range catUe, but there is little doubt concerning the benefits of windbreak shel- ters. Early this fall is the time to think about livestock shelters, particularly those windbreak fences. The problem with fences is that a good windbreak is often a good snow trap which can really aggravate snow drifting conditions about farmyard. What is the best type of wind- break fence? The following are some of the factors to keep in mind when considering con- struction of windbreak fences. Two types of fences may be built, either solid or porous. Porous fences, having a por- ousity of 20 per cent, will pro- vide three times the wind pro- tection of solid fences. A porous windbreak fence is also an excellent snow fence; snow drifting problems ofter result. Slatted fences should therefore be used together with a series of snow fences or a hedge row to intercept the snow. Where the windbreak fence is the west line of a feed- lot it is wise to increase the ize of the pens along the fence and see that they have good rainage. Solid board fences have a lace in this business of wind and snow control. While snow [rifts through a slatted fence, much like the common high- way snow fence, a solid fence will cause snow to pile in a :iiff-like drift upwind from the 'ence. It can therefore be an ffective snow barrier. Because of high turbulence downwind rom the fence, the shelter ef- fect for cattle is not as good Windbreak fences are often used in connection with open front sheds. It is a mistake to attach such a fence directly ti the front corner of a shed sinci this causes snow to swirl back into the shed. Instead, run a short section of fence out from the end of a shed before attach ing the main fence, forming a box or swirl chamber to pro- tect the shed from snow. Finally, snow control am wind protection are never 10 per cent successful, however attention to some of the fac tors mentioned should provide for satisfactory conditions These are: O The best wind protection also results in snow accumula tion. Windbreak fences shouli be slatted and have 20 per cen porousily. -Eight inch board spaced two inches apart giv the required 20 per cent. Derse trees, caragana willow and evergreens, are th best windbreaks. Attach windbreak fence in the form of a swirl-chambe rather than directly to th corner of a shed. Open front sheds should have a six to eight inch slot opening in the rear wall under the eaves. This prevents snow blown over the shed from the rear from swirling back in- side the building. AGRO-OUTLOOK By STEVE BAREHAM government reports indicate there will be no dras- tic increase in Canadian hog numbers within the next 10 years. I am not sure I agree totally with this prediction, or any other 10-year forecast concerning such -a fluctuating industry as Canadian agriculture. The average Canadian consumed 54 pounds of pork in 1969, compared to 62 pounds by Americans. The generally accepted theory for this consumption differ- ence is that as the people of a country become more af- fluent, meat consumption rises accordingly. In addition to Canadians increasing their own consumption of pork, it is also likely that foreign countries will step up imports of Canadian pork, as they seek our high quality hams, bellies and back bacon. We also have an advantage over many countries where the actual raising of hogs is concerned. Canadian hogs and particularly western Canadian hogs are usually fed on grain rations as opposed to the more fat- forming corn feed utilized in the U.S. and many other coun- tries. Canada also has, I feel, a superior grading and payment system than does the U.S., with emphasis placed on building initiative among the producers. Estimates released earlier this year said it 10-hog increase per Canadian farm would result in a serious pork glut. Ac- cording to government livestock officials now, it appears this glut has been averted for at least this year. The Tape Totals are always Lower at I Prices effective until closing Sat., Aug. 22 CANADA UTILITY GRADE FRYiUG CHICKEN WHOLE, FRESH FROZEN n n j. Table Rite Red Brand, Rump Roast bone m ALBERTA TOI> MLPKnin Yellow TOP VAIU Tomatoes......i9-oz. tins 3 tor 89 ll-oz. bottle f< NABOB REGULAR COFFEE 1-Jb. bag BETTY CROCKER Corn Flakes........io-oz. Pka. ZEE DELUXE WHITE OR COLORED 4 roll pack r Western white .128-or. jug YORK RECONSTITUTED APPLE JUICE 48-oz. tins Blue Bonne) M. ue o Margarine 1 1 ,19 Peanut ButterSquirfel SOUTHERN ALBERTA CORN ON COB Firm Sweet Ears Doi. New Potatoes 2Mb. 1l29 Watch for our ad in ovtry Monday's Herald Now 2 extra dayi of jpeciali WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO UMIT QUANTITIES ;