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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 17, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 17 gravity graders which work on the principle of weight. The heaviest parts remain on the shaking screens the longest and fall into a separate container while all light material falls off. But because small clumps of dirt can't be differentiated by the gravi- ty graders, the beans, rocks and dirt clumps must go through a des toner. The final cleaning machine is an indent unit. Anything which doesn't fit the shape of a bean is discarded, leaving only good product to go to the bagging unit. All the beans are weighed into 100 pound bags which are sewn shut by a hand operated machine. The company will be installing an electronic color sorter soon which will enable officials to grade beans by color to get a wider range of quality beans. The beans run through the color sorter and will be boxed according to quality. Mr. White holds a high expecta- tion for the bean industry in Southern Alberta and while the plant won't operate on a 12-month basis this year, it will in 1975. He said farmers are moving to beans for many reasons and one of the best is the crop rotation for best utilization of land. He said beans are a legume crop which creates a build-up of nitrogen in the soil following their growth. The recommended rotation for beans is once every three years for any field. He said some farmers have tried beans on the same land every year and others once every two years but this is a form of experimen- tation. Beans grown on dryland this year also yielded well, said Mr. White. More of this type of growth is ex- pected but most farmers will limit beans to irrigation land. ABOVE: Bean bags stored ready for markets in Canada and RIGHT: Packaging the product BELOW: Manager Ed White ;