Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 THE LETHBRIDO.E HERALD Tuesday, December 17, 1974 Ric Swihart Pheromone research has received another boost in the arm with the announce- ment the Alberta depart- ment of agriculture will begin work with hormone insecticides to control the common housefly. Pheromones, synthesiz- ed chemicals similar to hormones within the insect's body which control various bodily functions, provide an interesting aspect for the researcher. Dean Struble, insect attractant specialist at the Lethbridge Research CHRISTMAS SPECIALS FREE DRAW EVERY DAY DEC. 16th thru DEC. 21st. No purchase necessary to enter, just drop in and enter your name. Here's what you've got a chance to win: Bushnell 22 Rifle Scope Browning Hunting Knife Kentucky Black Powder Flint Lock Pistol Remington Model 66 22 Calibre Rifle With Scope Winchester Model 490 22 Calibre Rifle Winchester Model 490 22 Calibre Rifle 7x50 Binoculars GIL 22 Ammunition VOSTOK 22 CALIBRE TARGET RIFLE com with peep sight. 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Further work on this vein is being done by Joe Shemanchuk at the research station to control mosquitoes. As with all pheromones, the normal development of the larvae is disrupted. In the case of mosquitoes, one pheromone interferes with the molting process in the larval stage of the develop- ment while another prevents the adult mos- quito from shedding its pupal skin. In both cases, the results are fatal to the mosquito. Because pheromones are synthesized according to natural processes, there will be no environmental pollution problems with Murray McKay and Chuck James along with their staff Extend Season's Greetings and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! to all their customers McKAY BROS. FARM IMPLEMENTS LTD, 3214-Sth Ave. N., Lethbridge, Alberta their use. While they may be more expensive than traditional insecticides, the growing shortage of component materials in insecticides may bring the prices into line. The beer brewing in- dustry could be finding itself in a production squeeze soon if more malting barley isn't found. A note from Earle Coutts of the Canada Malting Co. in Calgary indicates good malting barley is in short supply in Alberta because of a late season, early frosts and a combination of drought in the South and excessive rain and snow in the North. In order to get sufficient stocks of malting barley for both domestic and ex- port markets, Canada Malting has had to drastically lower its accep- tance standards. Canada Malting is asking any farmer with barley available to submit a sam- ple for a test to determine its quality. Maybe lack of informa- tion is stopping some farmers from delivering their barley for the malting trade. Because this is the area for most profit. Mr. Coutts indicates malting barley prices are at a record high level, nothing new for most agricultural products, and fanners can realize about more for a carload of barley if it goes to the malting industry rather than for feed. In addition to a direct premium of 15 cents per bushel, farmers will receive ?1 premium from the Canadian Wheat Board, minus the freight to Lethbridge from Van- couver of about 20 cents per bushel. The question of branch line abandonment is again in the news. The Canada Grains Council has asked the federal government to clarify its policy with respect to rate structure, the degree of subsidization of grain movement and the level of service the railways will be required to provide before any further meaningful study of rationalization can proceed. The grain handling and transportation committee of the council reaffirms its original resolution that the freeze be allowed to ter- minate and then an interim method Tie found that en- sures the railways will con- tinue to receive subsidies. The council feels the first step is to abandon all lines which carry no traf- fic. And other light density- lines should be earmarked for abandonment at an ear- ly date. Southern Albertans have been named to positions with the potato industry in this province. Elected to the Alberta Potato Commission are Noris Taguchi of Picture Butte, Kaz Okuma of Vaux- hall and Harry Boss of Burdett. For the Alberta Potato Growers Association, E. E. (Butch) O'Donnell of Taber was re-elected president. Joining Butch in this group are Harry Boss, Ed Shimbashi of Barnwell, who was named chairman of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Marketing Board; Yas Yamashita of Vauxhall, Mutt Tsukishima Continued Page 29 TURBO CHARGING new dimension in Diesel Engine efficiency. 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