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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 27, 1971 THE LETHBRIDCE HEfiAlD 7 Agri-Business All if j- Alberta Sweet corn harvester machine of the futur By I1IC S1VI1IAHT Herald Farm Editor TABKR The Alberta Horti- ctdlural Research -Centre al Brocks had its new sweet com harvester on a demonstra- lion Wednesday al Ihe farm ot Ken Maruyama east of here. The unit, built in Columbus, Ohio, has iis own power source for a comn'-'e operated system incorporating a -differ lissd, transpjrt DCH.J and an elevator to the wagon area. Gathering chains on the cut- ting make sure the corn stalks arc in the right position, said Tom R. Kraim, special crcps supervisor for the re- search centre in charge of the special project. "Two rotating knives cut the stalk where the cob allows it lo slice, leaving the cob lying horizontal to the ground, above the he said. "The free cobs are then gently transported along hvo special belli above the cutters to the elevator and then onto the Mr. .Krahn said the only ad- justment c-n trie machine allows lor varying the distance Ire- tween trie transport belts de- pending upon the size, of the cebs, .Mr. Mtruyama said the ma- chine works relatively clean and once the kinks are removed and operators lesm to run it, it will lw the real thing for harvesting sivcet ccm. tion, it saver, on labor, cuts down the time and shcaiid add to tne yield of the said Mr. Krahn. "The department Iwught the machine u'ilb an idea of trying to mechanize the sweet corn in- dustry in the sTii'ih. "We will operate the unit this year as a demonstrator to shew the growers what it do and (hen it will bz avail- able to their: for the rest of the season. "Next year the department, sell it only difficulty nov.' is the j With this orly the third ycnr he said. for the production of the unit, Mr, Krahn said the macbme is Iterc arc several drawbacks ac- capable of cue half acre per hour at three miles per hour ground speed. This would com- pare to eight or nine hand pickers, working as orders of up to 200 bags of corn per day were received, taking 14 davs for 15 acres. "Since it is a one-man opera- cording to Mr. Krahn The end elevator system pre- sents loadirg limits, the unit i> long enough to present turning problems and backing the unit is difficult. lie said a side deliver.' into a truck or wagon wouirf improve Ihe performance of the unit. Thompson blasts use is Arthur Thompson, vice-pres-1 than commercial elevators and plement Ihe commercial HARVEST MADE EASY Ken Moruyama, left and Mark Kano show how easy pick- ing sweet corn can he as they take part in th.B one row FMC Sweet Ccrn Harvester ma- chine demonslralion near Taber. John Calpas, district agriculturalist for the dcparl- ment of agriculture watches Ihe business end of the machine while Tern Krahn, special ciops supervisor for [lie Alberta Horticultural Research Cenlre operates Ihs leader. Ric Swihart Photos of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association who set a precedent July 28th by hauling a load of Ko. 2 wheat to the Canadian Government Eleva- tor terminal at Moose Jaw, says Otto Lang is "talking through his hat" if he says using the government termin- als would not benefit farmers. "In test alone it helps the Mr. Thompson said. "The elevation changes are about 2 cents per bushel- less per bushel per day rather than the 1-30 cents we've been pay- ing." 5Ir. Thompson stressed he didn't think the government terminals should .compete with commercial elevators, but said stressed storage charges ar'e W5 cent? j tern can't possibly clo the farm- 1 crs any he said, "it can only help.'1 It helps those who may p chcose lo haul to Ihem, and helps those who don't by mak- ing more space available at local clevalcrs. that they should be used to sun- j jrs a vvell fact that plement them so that Canada; exports are limited by thc- could use resource amount of grcin that can be available to meet and to ex-; cleaned at coaslal terminals, cced sales commitments. and if we can increase "Using the terminals to sup-j by cleaning at inland lermin- als, this too would be reason enough lo use the C.G.E., he said. Mr. Thompson predicts a black market lor wheat this A acre an hour by Ilie tETHBBIDC! RESEARCH STATION -any over on range land sugar group A. JOHNSTON Range Ecologist Carryover is the grass that By HftSS fJIBB I Bailment of Canadian Sugar: ir.lo Iv. o groups. One Herald News Srivirr- I Factories Ltd. here. j guided by Pi. Pc'.cr Bergen; TABER An overview of. The tour, attended by direc- j supervisor cf agricultural re- cnd of tlK grazulg season' jnnlcrn practices; tors of the growers' central i search travelled lo the com- and research developmenls in-j and local boards was arranged: research farm at the: basically lo show rcEciu'ch cur-JTrboy P'.-'. while second I mc culieilt >ea s Carryover is necessary be- cause plants manufacture their own food in Ihe green leaves. remains on the ground at Ilie On summer ranges, carryover should be about 45 per csnt of dicativc ol general tiends sugar beet production was; rcnily being done on sugar' group vinird local farms with given Ihe executive officers of beets for the production "of John W H.V.I, general agncul- Alborta beet orpaniza- "the most gross sugar per acre lurisl for the company, lions d'.irinr; a fin'd Irip con-1 at (ho least expense." I ni Tc-y dueled by Ihe agricultural do-i Filly people were divided j two miles northwest'o[ -Cran- fcrd. where root infes- I.Uion bsi ;eai, Mr. lir.M ji'-cl E. Lilly of Ihe Lclhbridge Kesearch vStal.ion, Eircwer! (lie relative effeetivo ncss of root control us- ing chemicals. traps' lo catch (he adult flies from last year's pu- pae were described by Mr. Liiiy I-) imlicnk1- the population of and UK- (ieieferious On summer ranges about one- agreement signed with Stoney Indians Agriculture minister II. A. J problems on the announced a tentative Agricullural Service Board agreement with the Stony Band ot the Jlorley Reserve, west of Calgary. It is the first agreement of its kind with Indian Band and is a pilot program, as no provincial policy has been established to dale. The agree- ment iclroactive to April 1. The Slony Council has set up an An'-ieiilinnil Commit agricultural fieldman been hired. In this pilot project, the dr- half of the leafage can grazed but one-half must left to provide for food manu- facture and storage of reserve food in the stem bases. Carry- over traps snow, thus increas- ing soil moisture. If protects buds 'for Ihe year's growth and allows for production of seed. Less carryover is necessary on winter fields because scrve food has been stored be-. partmcnt of agriculture is shai- t b i fore grazing begins. Stocking mg Uie cost of program plan-' ning, warble control, weed con- trol, forage crop managenien assislance as well as provid- ing half of the salary of the agricultural fieldman. smaller or lack of beets in the infected iws, The i'Scclicicb tests were run in (C-operr.iioii the tee, comprised of council mem-1 drinks 32 quarts bcrs, to deal with agricultural water a year. DRINKS WATER Tho erage Frenchman of bottled MOTOR MOWER YOL'R HEADQUARTERS FOR AND WE SERVICE ALL AIR COOLED SWATHER AND COMBINE ENGINES MOWER 817 3rd AVENUE SOUTH PHONE lowcrl by early adequate UTijiation as a dclci'rcnl to root liiaggp-t was empha- sized by Mr. Hall. The bru[ vuicly and Icslin.q program :il Ihe re- search, said Dr'gcn, j was the m.-.jor part of the com- j p.'iny'.s underlaking: I The pimiosc is lo insure that the frrov.vrs Ivive seed i sblc nf a best Miilc'tl lo j siniU'crn Albrna soils 'and cli- matic conditions. The a.Vc) lesls foreign varieties for pur- poses. On herbicide lest plols at Ihe research hrrhicides now regislL-rc-il and control over uil- mc-rous plots. The Ic-.sls Hint beibi- rides (k''imlel> reiluco weed population, bul Ihe best results be in con- juncjlKin with oilier cuitir.-al prc.rliu-.-. lluil alsci-roduce wenl preparation lo insure good moisluic eondiiions al the seed i level iM Final results Uie herbicide j leslinn are dolrr- mincd by ncni i'ounl in Ihe plols, harvest yields and chemical residues "mid from these v.ill bo (Ictcrnihiorl Iho type ol herbicide .-ipplicalion best suiled foi the erop. rales can be increased consid- erably if grazing is limited to the winter season Standards have been estab- lished to describe the amount of grazing use a range has had. These standards serve as a guide lo range condition. They are based on the amount of carryover and are: grazing allow- ed. use only choice plants near water or shade are grazed. use grazing evident on readily accessible range Little or no use of un- palatable forage plants. use grazing evident on all accessible range. About one-half the current year's growth ol grass used. Overuse evident around water holes and near salt licks. use all range used with large areas closely crop- ped. Livestock forced lo use poor and .unpalatable for age species. use best forage plants completely used. Poor forage plants carrying the live- stock load. Widespread tram- pling damage. close- ly grazed and stripped of near- ly all vegetation. Better foragp plants weak from continual grazing of regrowtb. Poor tor- age plants closely grazed. Trailing damage extensive. Rainfall during 1971 has been lower than average across most of the s-outh but good across the northern part of Al- berta's grasslands Grazing use on well managed rangelands should vary from "moderate" in the wetter areas to "close" in the drier areas. If range use falls into "severe" or "ex- there will be little or no carryover and a marked re- duction in grass growth in the following year. Another Flsn.OOO in equity payments is being released to fall of about CO-OS cents per Ira-' fanner-members of Canadian bhel because of the desperate. Co e Implements Ltd.. shortage of cash for prairie it has brcn announced by D. fErmers. "Otto Lang seems to have the attitude that now the wheat j A ?I board lias improved ils per-! fO.llall itiltl formances over previous years that there is nothing more to be done." he- sail "But we knotv of cases where foreign customers have avoid- ed Canada because of our de- livery problems, and it makes me damned mad lo see quotas of seven bushels per acre for ups acreage A sharp expansion in rape- seed acreage in Australia is in- 1 V. Larson, ol Co-op Tliis is Ihe second cp.-iiy Icrse mriiie b- the r- h '2 past r i in n ceonoinic i- i cu.tural cconcniy. menls iclcascd in Nov. ember of 1870. The money will he fo tliose over 71) (ijl. vim have retired, and to the estates of former members. "We are making these pay- dicalcr! in an article mcnts because of the imiirove- in the July 25 issue of USDA! mcnt in the ngricuIUral i'ic- "Foreign Agriculture." Acre-1 liue, and the wheat and 15 for barley foi'e- ape in was said lo bo' in support from cast when WP know we could frcm which some said Mr. sell more grain if (lie bureau- j or rnnroxi-' year we crnls would just get rid of their] malcly 2 million outmoded alliludes of how i harvested gram should be sold and han- dled." Mr. Thompson sees his ac-1 h tion of taking a load of wheat I and Australia, is fore- lo Ihe idle C.G.C. terminals as' casl and il can be assumed only one slep in awakening the! that Yiclona will also increase government lo (he things that I its potential. in: .n- "Lr-.-.t ive al'ocaled th" '0. l: 3 policy of Further expansion of acre-1 was lo pay cmiilv v.vca fu.-'ls :e fcr the 1371-72 lowest in were available. Tl'.is '0 Stales. Ecuth cation is n continualion e[ liie he said. could be done to improve grain sales. "If they can't do the he added, "they should let the farmers nm the grain busi- Four plants in Alberta, !y arrmverafs. Tbo total acreage is still re- flax and sorghum can ccn'.ain isent, toxic quantitilcs of prussic acid, hold Amounts in excess cf (1.02 per I'm Dan LeGrandeur Progressive Conservative Candidate for Macleod Constituency. "LEARNING" is my business I 'PLEDGE to spend suffi- cient time LEARNING about YOUR PRQB LEMS from YOU a farmer or rancher a housewife a civil servant a parent a worker a businessman a sludenr in- ANY par. of Macleod Consiiluency that I may ABLY REPRESENT YOU in Edmonlon if elected. AUGUST 30 VOTE leGRANDEUR, Dan X by LoGrnndeur Compoign FULL RETAIL PRICE 304 STAFFORD DRIVE, LETHBR1DGE PHONE 327-3125 ;