Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LFTHMIDGE HKALD Tuesday, 12, 1972- Alberta irrigation division serves farmers The availability of technical This is the objective of the service and information that vrill aid people and agencies in the development, msnage- merst, and use of water as it relates to agricultiaral produc- tion. conservatioE and development branch of the Alberta litiga- tion division according to Akos Ptrngor, branch head. Control of irrigation Trater is Technical service and aid aim of irrigationists ProfessoEa! _ffid techs leal assistance in ali aspects of lacd deveJopiaeiit and irriga t i o n practices is provided, free of charge, to the farmers of the COUN NIISSON Medicine Eat Bov Island area by the District Office of the Ir- rigation Division. specialist Colin ISiIsson is in charge of the 3Ied- kine Hat office. This covers a vrlde range of activities from assisfeg exper- ienced irrigation farmers ?rith technical arxi expan- sion programs, to aiding newly established farmers inezperi- enced in irrigation farming, Surveying, designing lev- elling prograrns. dressing is for SDrirJder sys- tems, ard advising on agrono- mic problems all form a part of the corns! load. While the main goal is to pro- vide those professional services the irrgatiOii farmers are raosi in need of. coordination of ac- tivities Trith fee district agri- culturists, the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Adrsmistralicn and the St. ilary River Irriga- tion District; is also essential for aiazimcm effectiveESss. Eztecsion activities; feasibility reports and land classifieations have become an integral part of the program, sn important fac-tor In produc- tion and quality of irrigated crops. Farmers are speeding an average of S55 to per acre on leveBisg and jnore for sprinkler irrigaticc to obtain the 'degree of control ne- cessary for an effieisnt farm irrigation' system. The conservation and develop- ment program has provided technical service and informa- tion in fee development of acres of Southern Alber- ta farm land. This represents the moving of enough earth to btdM four St. Mary D a in s. What is happening oa the farm may be terraed a quiet revofo- tion to utilize our" re- sources effectively and ef- ficiently, said Mr. Pungor. The conservation and devel- opment branch can irslp farm- ers choose tie most suitable method of irrigation or soil moisture cosservarfce practise for the farm- Tee Albena department of agric u 11 u r e has appointed trained to achieve the ebfecuves of the conser- vation and development pro- gram to the local level- These men are irrigation speciaSstSj located at Taber, LetSbridgse-, Medicine Eat and Brooks, "with sub offices at Vanz- ha5 and Strathsaore. An office' visit or phoce call vriE put them' and their resources at a farm- ers disposal. Where there is no irrigation specialist or conser- vation and ceveiopmest person- nel, contact the district agricul- turist. AICO5 PUNOOft consideration and development 'Provide to irrigation X The of the Irrigation systems specialist is to provide an Trithin the irriga- tion division in the area of farm irrigation systems. This function of the Irrigation out through the ae- tvitifis; Applied research to ob- tain; IrdcsTzzztian on. cperational eharacteristfcs of present and systerss; expertise' svstems to farTsers 2nd other pftopie in irrigatirjs curerK inforrsstirjn 02 ir- rigation systems arid their man- agemsct: U p d a t i n g of Irrigation Qsidfe to update an irrigation manual for by other Irrigation Specislrsts fedsstry invoiced research to keep abreast of tedisologjesl irs the of L i a I s o n TJRtJr Irrigstion to ob- tsfs up to date specification 8JKJ. pricfe fnformstjoc on avaS- able jrrigatioc arxJ to promote design of optimtjm systeiss with for the soil plact ships; and at i teehrJcs! to g sppilcsble 5r-f ansatfrgt from other spedallsts gixJ research- ers frozE different grs sssociated isith A working rebJi sijste ?4in the soil snd .specialist and Briggtlon spcc-feHst? located iir Cari- ous districts in order to best collect, distribute and apply cxrrrent irrigation systems in- formation to the ultimate user, the frrigatioa farmer. Make irrigation plans now Now is the time most of the farmers should be mak- ing plans for their 1973 farm- LAMY SPIESS ng operations aiai those shouldn't overlook any ezistiEg soil and observation problems ccdd be recti- fied gccordirig to -Stan Norfeika, irrigation specialist for the new Alberta irrigatioc dfeision. By txtiH2ir-g proper soil asd corisen-atSon practices in- creased lawer costs should be re- alized. he said, Today It Js rnore obvteus than ever before that tfee eeocoroic pressures cernand kicreasec prodticticE per unit, forced by rising costs, over Trhicfe tfcft fanner has- if say csr contrcL IrrigaferG fxrminf practices are coxrpiesc; var- ied Ioio-7l4dge in soil usage by plants, rootisg babita, soil and topography fiai- itacocs proper' irrigatke scheduling. The irrigation specialistss of- See is the central scarce of in- forrsaticsi regarding these fac- tors. IcforraatioB h also avail- able on irrigatioiri systems de- (both gravity and sgetsent cocseitaiioes and as- sociated technical assistance. These ofSces are readiry avail- able to provide practical gnaies KI these asd zsany other poicts related to This ser- vice is free of charge; how- ever, hr s r e technical, fengi- are involved, the farmer msst provide man- power staidrig materials as retjiiired. The techrtoJogj- is changing rapidly that it is nearly im- possible even for ezperts to stay on top of every signifi- cant develspztseEt. This orgajszation has been active -with the irrigation farm- er smce 1930 in trying to nar- row the gap of knowledge gar ding soil aad water eonver- and jtrrigation farming EID served by staff AIe% staff serve .Sse irrigated farmers in the Eastern Jrrigatjon Kstrict and areas 1 azd 2. This scr- vice consists of agrcworaic and engineering functiocs as they rebate to aH phases of irrigated Land oc the farm, fo the fctare the E.LD, win he one of the largest vege- table growing centres in Can- ada, At the present time dtsciiGiO is arxi deriaract ezcseding pjy. The EXD. has always been a, feed arzd Sve- stoc-k centre, bafe has had added impetus in the fey? years, ilnoed at a for the past years. Farmers are re- tae beceSts of land kv- aasd prooer water where irrigatioji of quarter see- two took 328 hours before, now can be maca more ir- rigated in 32 hours, witfa an pieafiture of fS6 to per acre for Mecfescized sjsriidders are fast coranjg into the area. With proper desigzfed sysfeicg for the particufer sosl assd crop, lers csn be a precfee method of water control and applica- The biggest potential for LTerease of spriidcJers lieg iat the coarse textured soS and for specialized crqp jrriga tioo. Another prAential area, fo expansion 35 rtbrokcsi arid feeds adjoining the 2rnga.ted lands. on for the S7AN NOREIKA practicss. has been there is s 7o sosje degree it saccessfcl, iTTays room for reia- AlEX CHRUMKA proveraetst -isith the irrigatloo- niaded farmers. We are here to vrfth yoa and the winter season is per- haps the most opportace time for getting together and cfeetKs- icg the irrigation develoyoeot program, said- Todays weakest points in ir- rigation agriculture fkrncag are icadeqoste knowledge arid nn- derstatidirjg of the soS, water and plant relatioGsbip, the need of proper inigation practices arid zfianagesKasl -sjrhen, how roaefe and why; and lack of capital- Our furiciioti !s to assist farm- ers in pisnTaag farm irrigation deyeloprofiEi so that fisrraers cas heh) themselves to better torcorrow at same tirae be assured of cco- tcaaxjs availability cf sol! sud water for future gsa- eratiois.