Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, August 31, THE LETHBRIDGE HERAL C Order means 14 patients may wait times Nobody lives at the bottom of the coulee any- more but the product of a man's labor years ago remains. Someone once sweated under the hot sum- mer sun, carefully measuring, cutting and hammering. The building stil! stands weather beaten, but what of the laborer? Crops average, officials say South In Short Coleman fire team second COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) The Coleman Volunteer Fire Department's hose coupling team won second place in recent competitions at Coeur d'Alene. Idaho. Competing with 11 other teams in the Canada U.S. meet were John Oswald. John Barrass. Hans Braemer and Don Mar- tin. 'Pass schools open Tuesday BLAIRMOKE (CNF Bureau) Crowsnest Pass school division students will start school Tuesday afternoon. Pupils attending 'Pass schools will be picked up at regular bus stops prior to 1 p.m. Crowsnest Consolidated High School students will be picked up prior to p.m. Grade 1 pupils who have not registered should bring birth certificates with them. Transfer students should have documents from the previous school. Trees too near road? BROOKS County of Newell farmers planning to establish a shelterbelt of trees should first read a county bylaw that, prohibits certain construction along, public roads, says John Neufeldt. agriculture service board fieldman. The bylaw is a measure to facilitate future road construc- tion and maintenance. The bylaw allows the county to prohibit any development above or below ground within 125 feet from the centre of any public road or highway. Failure to comply may result in a fine up to with removal of any works or things that were constructed at the owner's expense. Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. Zenith's new Directional Hearing Aid. If you find that much ot the sound you hear is harsh, irritating noise, then our new Directional hearing aid, the "Royal D" could be just right for you. This comfortable aid brings you clear, rich sound at a pleasant level as it softens and reduces harsh unwanted background noise from the side and rear. Come in for a demonstration of the "Royal D" or any other aid from Zenith's line of more than 20 quality aids at no cost or obligation. Batteries for all makes of hearing aids. The duality goes in lirtore the goes on. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. F. A. LEISTER, Certified Hearing Aid Audiologitt the hard ot hearing since 1943 Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 327-2272 By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A good solid average crop year has been predicted for Southern Alberta farmers with a fear of early frost in some areas the main concern, according to a Herald survey of district agriculturists. Frost would cause grain kernels to shrink, reducing grade and bushel weight. Grasshoppers and aphids have caused damage to the majority of farming areas with many areas recording above average amounts of pest control chemicals used during the season. The weather patterns in the south this year followed a path similar to 1973 with the western areas recording the most precipitation and the southeast areas hurt by a lack of moisture. Walt Pierson. district agriculturist for the County of Lethbridge. said harvest should be wrapped up by the end of September if weather conditions remain dry and warm. He reports winter wheat harvest about 90 per cent com- plete with yields of 50 bushels per acre. Fall seeded rye crops are finished and farmers harvested only 20 bushels per acre, down from a normal of about 30 bushels per acre. Winter wheat crops which were planted on irrigation land averaged 75 bushels per acre while oats averaged 70 bushels. Several farmers reported oat yields of up to 120 bushels on irrigation land. Spring seeded wheat crops have been about two thirds swathed and one third harvested. Yields have been 40 to 45 bushels per acre. All cereal crops in the Lethbridge region have produced good grades with lit- tle low-quality cereal ex- pected to reach the feed market. Second and in some in- stances, third cuttings of hay are underway in the area. Farmers making silage from hay crops are about two thirds complete. Hay in the Lethbridge area is selling for about per ton. Alan Toley of Claresholm, district agriculturist for the Municipal District of Willow Creek, said crops should be at least average for his area. Winter wheat, about 85 per cent complete, has yielded 30 to 35 bushels per acre. Fall seeded rye, about 75 per cent PALL IS TRH MOVING TIM1! Available Now... Colorado Spruce all SPRUCE TREE FARMS LTD Phone 328-5806 Farm locatead 2 mllM north ot Hwy. No. 3 on Hwy. No. 25 to Picture complete, has yielded anywhere from 25 to 45 bushels per acre, depending on whether any winter kill was experienced during the overwintering stage of the crop. Swathing operations have just started on spring seeded wheat with harvesting ex- pected to start in one week. Barley crops have been yielding 40 to 50 bushels per acre. Half the barley crop has been swathed and one quarter harvested. Rapeseed has yielded 30 to 30 bushels per acre with most of the oilseed crop swathed and most harvested. Swathing is just beginning on flax and should be general in one week. August rains set up pastures in excellent condition, said Mr. Toley. And hay crops are much better in both yield and quality than in 1973. Jim Birch, Foremost, dis- trict agriculturist for the County of Forty Mile, said winter wheat and rye crops have been harvested. Yields for both crops have averaged about 20 bushels per acre. With about one week of harvest left for spring seeded wheat, farmers have reported yields of 15 bushels per acre. Mustard crops have ranged in yields of 300 to 500 pounds per acre. A normal yield is 400 pounds per acre. Barley harvest should also be completed in one week with yields of 25 to 30 bushels per acre reported. Mr. Birch said a wide swath of hail this summer has put many crops about three weeks behind schedule and combined with some late seeded field crops such as beans, farmers will need two weeks of normal warm weather to call it safe. Farmers have reported average yields on hay and forage crops. Mr. Birch said the yields on dryland in his area are slight- ly below normal and with good fall weather, irrigated crops should be average or above for the area. Murray Wilde, district agriculturist for the Municipal District of Taber. said harvest operations are progressing, following Slowdowns during August caused by prolonged rain conditions. Soft wheat varieties have been yielding 60 to 100 bushels per acre. The quality of this crop has been lowered due to the wet weather with sprouting reported in many fields. Fall rye harvest is complete with yields of 15 to 20 bushels per acre reported. Barley harvest is less than half completed, with yields of 30 to 40 bushels per acre. Hail also struck the Taber area and crops which started a regrowth following the storm are now just beginning to be swathed. Mr. Wilde said potato harvest for early varieties is finished with harvest starting on Norgolds, a mid-season variety. Yields reported to date are about 10 tons per acre, a normal harvest for the south. Mr. Wilde said all yields in the Taber area will likely be below average except for potatoes and sugar beets. Del Steed, district agriculturist for the Municipal District of Cardston, reports a long frost-free period will be needed in his area to allow late crops to ripen. Farmers are winding up winter wheat harvest with yields of 40 bushesl per acre. Oat crops have yielded 55 to 60 bushels per acre with early rapeseed yields reported at 13 to 15 bushels. Mr. Steed said spring seed- ed wheat crops look good with the best yields expected on later crops, if no frost is received. Pastures have greened up since the August rains. Mr. Steed reported winter wheat crops are being seeded now for harvest next summer. He predicts more than normal amounts of winter wheat will be planted in his area because of optimum soil moisture con- ditions for the crop. Hay crops have been good this year in the Cardston dis- trict. Mr. Steed said the higher yields of hay has lessened the concern of area ranchers about possible hay shortages this year. Bob Lyons, district agriculturist for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, said he expects a good average year. Winter wheat crops have all been swathed and about 35 per cent have been harvested with yields averaging 45 bushels per acre. Swathing is starting on barley crops and full harvest operations should be starting by Sept. 14 if weather con- ditions are right. Mr. Lyons said there is lots of hay in the Pincher Creek area this year. Many ranchers and farmers are offering hay in the to per ton range. Delton Jensen, district agriculturist for the County of Warner, said harvest is progressing normally. Farmers southeast of Ray- mond are reporting the best yields. Yields range widely throughout the district because of sporadic rain this year. Mr. Jensen said winter wheat and fall rye crops have been completed with barley about 50 per cent complete and spring seeded wheat about 35 per cent complete. Rapeseed crops have been swathed and harvest is begin- ning. Swathing is just beginn- ing on flax ciups. Mr. Jensen said pastures are in good condition and while hay crops are better this year than in 1973, many farmers and ranchers in his area are looking for hay. Vern Arnold, agricultural fieldman for the County of Vulcan, said fanners will have a better than average year in his area Fall rye has been about 70 per cent completed with an average yield of about 30 bushels per acre. All spring seeded crops are later than normal with barley crops about 50 per cent swath- ed and 10 per cent harvested and spring seeded wheat crops about 20 per cent swathed. Rapeseed crops have been about 75 per cent harvested and have been yielding about 20 bushels per acre. Swathing has started in flax fields. Oats, while always a minimal acreage crop in the Vulcan district, are being swathed to be baled or foraged as a type of livestock hay. Vulcan children to school VULCAN County of Vulcan schools open Tuesday with students attending a full day of classes. Students helping parents with the harvest are asked to attend Tuesday for registering. Officials want to make an accurate count Of enrolments. In March there were 1.591 students registered. There are 19 new teachers in the 84 teacher roster this fall. County schools will not sus- pend classes for the 1975 Canada Winter (James. Many school districts have in- stituted longer school days to enable students to take time off to view the games at Lethbridge next spring. Centre chief to resign John Fletcher, director of Napi Friendship Centre for six months, has resigned effec- tive Sept. B. Born on the Peigan Reserve and later a professional foot- ball player in the southern U.S.. Mr Fletcher initiated recreational and sports programs during his stint at the Napi Centre in Pincher Creek. The friendship centre has appointed Oliver Soop to act as interim director until the board finds a new director. Advertisements for the posi- tion will be placed in all major Alberta newspapers, the out- going director said. B B CONFECTIONERY "Serving Raymond and District" BOTTLE DEPOT Will Be Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday p.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor PINCHER CREEK (Staff) St. Vincent's Hospital here will lose 14 patient care beds if an order received by the hospital board from the provincial fire commissioner is carried out. Board chairman T. B. Ham- mond said Thursday they have written to the fire com- missioner asking for "an open ended extension" that would allow them to continue to use the old 1910 residence section of the building. The fire commissioner says the 14 bed area, converted from a residence to a hospital in 1924. must be closed im- mediately. It will'cut the 56 bed in- stitution to 44 beds, drastical- ly curtailing patient care for the town and surrounding area. At the same time. Mr. Ham- mond said his board is anx- iously awaiting word from Health and Social Develop- ment Minister Neil Crawford whether a new hospital will be built or whether the present building will be renovated. Renovation was planned but in February local citizens petitioned the government for a new institution. St. Vincent's will have only 44 beds if the fire com- missioner's order is carried out. None of these beds are for extended long term care. The board asked the govern- ment about six weeks ago that it be "kept informed of what was going on." said Mr. Ham- mond. "We have had no cor- respondence whether the deci- sion would be coming or what progress is being made." The board was told the matter was still under study by the government and some reports had not yet been received. The fire commissioner first ordered in 1973 that the old section be closed. The board received an extension because it was thought the old wing would be demolished in the spring of 1974 and a new wing built. Then a new hospital was proposed. Six months have elapsed since this proposal went to the Hospital buys land CRANBROOK (Special) The Cranbrook and District Hospital will soon have room to expand. The East Kootenay Regional Hospital District has decided to proceed with financing arrangements to purchase 5.53 acres south of the hospital property. The hospital expects to enlarge its building. No date has been set for the addition. minister, a period of use that is beyond the extension granted by the fire com- missioner last year. "It is going to be very dif- ficult to operate the hospital with the loss of these 14 patient care beds." said Mr Hammond. He will try to reach the fire commissioner today by telephone. 'We are cor- responding in this regard too." At the same time, the health minister will be asked to take a hard look at the proposal for a new hospital "because of the uncertain situation the hospital is in at the present time." "I would think there could be a possibility that it would perhaps bring a decision a lil- t1e sooner than might otherwise be the case." said Mr. Hammond The 1924 hospital was built on to in 1930. This had another addition put on to the south side in 1948. The old residence side with the 14 active beds is on the northwest corner of the present hospital. M e a n w h i 1 e Dr. J o h n Bradley, chairman of the Alberta Hospitals Services Commission, said Thursday that "something should happen within two months." Bassano dogs killed BROOKS The Brooks detachment ot the RCMP is seeking clues regarding dog poisoning incidents at Bassano. RCMP investigated one complaint ot a poisoned dog and then discovered there had been five such in- c i d e n t s at Bassano recently Subway Realty 120 C North Mayor Magrath Drive CAROLYN HALLIWELL SUBWAY REALTYis pleased Ic announce the spponcmen: o: Carolyn Hallnveli as Saiet RePiesontativo Sfe invites her friends .-ind custO'Tiers 10 cail on her in regards tc their Real Estate heeds Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON DECOUX, Hep., 562-2149 ALBERTA CORN COMMITTEE 1974 TOUR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Birch Grain an'd Silage Corn Fields. View Plant- ing Demonstrations with Latest Type Corn Planters: International Harvester Plateless Air Planter Allis-Chalmers No-Till Plate Planter. John Deere Plateless Planter. Also View Silage Demonstration and Application of Urea in Silage Pit. Lunch and Refreshments- Courtesy of Alberta Corn Com- mittee, Shell Chemicals, and Fisons Chemicals. Grain Corn Field under Flood Irrigation. Corn Drying Installation at Canadian Governments Elevators. Hybrid Trials at C.D.A. Research Hour at C.D.A. Re- search of Palliser Distillers Limited.