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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December 27, 197) if you Peru's agriculure New winter wheat licenced here ask me lacks some By GREG MclNTYRE LSccrcry that slippery enemy of newsmen has slithered its way into the dealings of city council again. People both inside and out of government display an unfortunate habit, the yen to get behind closed doors whenever anything of significance has to be discussed. Significance usually has to do with feelings or money. By a twist of logic, the public is told that its best interests are being served if it doesn't know what's going on. Latest topic for discussion in hushed tones is a three-phase development on city-owned acres in West Lethbridge. Council also held a recent meeting with the li- brary board in private. Aldermen and administrators argue that if land- owners know that their property is under discussion they will hike prices. "Inflated" land costs are paid from the public purse, hence the taxpayer suffers, so the argument goes. The argument has merit, but consider the alter- native. Eight council members, the mayor, and often the city manager, the city clerk and the city solicitor sit in on the information interchange. By accident or design, word can slip out to land dealers that the city is interested in their property. Who's ahead if that happens? The city has the power of expropriation w i t h which to deal with land holders who refuse to take a reasonable offer shudder though city officials do to think of using such a vulgar tool. But the public has little or no device to deal with the information slip, a leak that is unlikely to ever be discovered, or if discovered, certainly never made public. The lesser of the two evils is full, open public knowledge of the matter. Another justification used to sanction the secrecy- slither is that personnel matters cannot be discussed in public with dignity. If council wanted to sack the city manager, for example, the decision should be made in secret. The matter is going to have to be explained in public at some time, so better it be in the open from the start where accusations must be substantiated and the accused given the opportunity to reply. The unspoken reason behind most of the heat and light shed to defend the silent approach comes down to one explanation. Those who make statements don't want to have to stand behind them. While private individuals can sometimes be for- given the desire for anonymity on an unfamiliar or controversial subject, our elected leaders should not be allowed to hide behind a cloak of secrecy. The public has a right to know the pro and con arguments behind a decision. It is not enough to be handed the final decision rubber stamped, after it is too late to change or influence thinking. Elected representatives have the greatest respon- sibility to keep information before the public, but all people in positions of responsibility are expected to keep the public informed in matters of importance. A policeman withholding the names of those killed or injured in a traffic accident should consider that for eveiy relative of tJiose involved, there are probably many more in mental anguish until they know that their friends or relatives were not in- volved. Provincial and federal civil servants, possibly because they are far removed from the decision- making seats of power, tend to be the worst at with- holding information side-stepping the touchy question. All power to the public's right to know. Eo'iblc oil crops, prcducts and wheat areas of major deficiency in Peruvian agricultuure. accord- I ing to Ron Peake, assistant di- rectcr of tile Lethbridge Re- search Station. Mr. Peake visited Peru Oct. 6 to Dec. ia under a program sponsored by tile Canadian In- ternational Development Agen- cy. CIDA is responsible for Canada's assistance programs to developing countries. He was asked to review all agricultural problems ar.d pos- sibilities in the countiy in an at- tempt to identify areas where Canadian technolcgy could i cf assistance. livestock I to meet their own needs. Ihcy are the j are studying the possibility of converting some of the tropical rain forest to pasture fcr beef and dairy cattle production. "Canada is lending technical j assistance and the Peruvian government is providing the be he said. Mr. Peake said the govern- ment is also attempting to use some of the mountainous re- gions for the production of wheat and oil seed crops. Irrigation, which has brought many acres of land in Canada into production, is just being introduced to parts of Peru. Mr. Peake suggested Canadian scientists may be called upon Air. Peake said, in an effort to assist in the planning and operation of these projects. He said one of the problems which Peru has is the wide range of growing conditions. "The land conditions range from the coastal areas whieli receive about two inches of pre- cipitation per year to the trop- ics which have as mucb as 140 inches of rainfall per he said. "On top of this, some agricul- tural production and much of the grazing land being used at and feet above sea level. "In Canada, not very much is used above 6.000 or fret." Mr. Peake said Canada will be lending assistance to other Latin American countries in die future. At present, some programs RON PEAKE By FUG SWII1ART Staff Writer Sundance, a hard red winter I wheat developed at the Lcth- briiige Research Station, has been licenced and released for use. i The variety was developed by crossing Cheyenne with Khar- kov 22MC. The original cross was made in 1953 by Dr. J. E. Andrews, present director of the Lethbriige station. Final development and re- lease of Sundance was car- ried out by Dr. M. N. Grant. The principal advantage of S'undance is that it is consid- erably higher yielding than the commonly-grown varieties. "Fcr the past five years, tests on Sundance have Mown a 20 per cent higher yield than the award-winning Winalta winter wheat." said Dr. Grant. Sundance resembles Kharkov 22MC in appearance but is more resistant to shattering. It has large, attractive kernels and is similar hut not quite equal to Winalta in milling and baking quality. Dr. Grant, who is a Leth- bridge native and has farming background in the Barons dis- trict, said more than 700 bush- els of pedigree seed were re- leased to 23 southern Alberta and two Saskatchewan grow- ers. The seed was released to the registered growers to increase the quantity of the seed avail- able. "Unless severe winter killing occurs, there should be bushels of Sundance seed" avail- able for planting next he said. bia, he said. Peake to retire i Ron W. Peake, 60, assistant i director of the Lethbridge Re search Station, will officially re- tire from his position Dec. 30. Following a one-day break, i Mr. Peake will leave for Ugan- da for a two-month agricultural mission before returning to the city. A native of Lethbridge. Mr. Peake started work at the former Lethbridge Experimen- tal Farm in 1929 as a summer student in the field husbandry section. After graduating from the Olds School of Agriculture, he went to the University of are being planned for Colom- j ..A number o! growers have continued to produce Winalta pedigree seed so that in the fu- ture farmers will have a choice j of two good varieties. "They can choose the wheat variety best suited to their needs." berta, graduating with his BSc I in 1936. He majored in soils and field crops. I He returned to the Expert- j mental Farm as supervisor of a project involving the regrass- ing of abandoned farm lands, j In 1946 he was named head of the forage crops section and when the Lethbridge Research Station was formed in 1959 be- came head of the plant science section. Among his accomplishments is the breeding of winter-hardy Chinook orchard grass and Greenleaf Pubescent Wheat- grass. In co-operation with Dr. J. L. Eolton and Dr. 51. W. Cormack. he helped develop i Beaver Alfalfa, which is resis- tant to bacterial wilt. He is an authority on hay and pasture production on dry and irrigated lands, turf and range- land use. An active community leader j Barley virus 110 problem in south NOTICE EXACT CASH FARE Effective January 1st, 1972 Adult Fare lOc exact cash Student Fare lOc exact cash Childrens Fare lOc exact cash NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD NO CHANGE WILL BE MADE Please deposit your own fare City of Lethbridge Transit Department Peake is Uganda-bound The Canadian International Development Agency is spon- soring eight scientists, includ- j for many years, Mr. Peake has represented the Lethbridge Re- search Station in many coun- tries, including Brazil, Uru- guay. Korea and Peru and Jan. 3 will leave for Uganda. ing Ron W. Peake of the Leth- bridge Research Station, for an agricultural mission to Ugan- da. Africa. Mr. Peake, assistant direc- tor of the Lcthbridge station, i Mr. and Mrs. Peake have will leave Ottawa for Uganda four children. Jan. 3 following his official re-! tirement Dec. 30. He said in an interview the CIDA project for the African nation is to give technical as- sistance in developing a dairy industry. He will spend two months in Uganda. CIDA is responsible for Can- Slaff change Ed Martyna, 30, has been ap- pointed acting director of per- sonnel at the Lethbridge Com- munity College. He will serve in the position Barley stripe mosaic, which is threatening to become a se- rious problem in Manitoba, is net recognized as much of a problem in southern Alberta. The rails affects two-row barley crops and has been de- tected in M per cent of the two-row barley fields sun-eyed in Manitoba in 1971. Dr. Tom Atkinson, cereal di- sease specialist at the Leth- bridge Research Station, said the virus is seed born. The vi- rus is transmitted through the primarily although it can be transmitted from plant to plant. The most common variety affected in Manitoba was Hcr- ta. Dr. Atkinson said more than 50 per cent of the barley acreage in southern Albert a supports Betzas barley, also a two-row variety. He said the only way to stop the spread of the virus is to keep infected seed from the market. "Ordinary seed treatment methods are useless as a con- trol." he said. "If any farmer recognizes ada's assistance programs to until July 1, 1972 when person- i the problem in any field, he developing countries. The scientists will spend up to two years on the project. Mr. Peake will work spe- cifically with Uie Uganda min- istry of agriculture to advise on forage crop requirements and the best methods to develop this aspect of tile dairy pro- gram. "I will be responsible to the agricultural personnel in Ugan- da to help lay out a research program and to assist them in sotting up a pasture and for- ago he said. "The scientists will be look- ing into the complete dairy in- j dustry from the breeding man- agement and economics as- pects through to the processing and marketing of milk in the country." j nel director Gower Kennedy completes his studies at the University of Alberta. The post became vacant last week when Dale Heyland was appointed associate director of continuing education. should purchase only pedigree seed for the next year." LOW LEVEL Driving skills deteriorate at relatively low blood alcohol levels of .05. SALES REPRESENTATIVE REQUIRED MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE IN DIRECT SELLING Approximate Salary Reply to Box 133, Lethbridge Herald [JANUARY FUR SALE STARTS TOMORROW, DEC. 28th WITH OUTSTANDING SAVINGS CANADIAN FURRIERS PARAMOUNT THEATRE BUILDING 4th AVE. S. Winalta, also produced at Hie Lcthbringe station by Dr. An- drews and Dr. Grant, lias been a popular variety due to good milling ;ind halving qualities, early maturity and good resis- tance to shattering. Dr. Grant said Winalta is now grown on more than SO per cent of the winter wheat acre- age in southern Albsria. "H o p c f u 11 y Sundance will have PS much success ar'1 ac- ceptance by farmers as shown hs said. "Sundance has constantly outyiclded other winter wheat varieties and I am confident this difference will show up in the fields." Dr. Grant feels (Ms winter wheat acreage in southern Al- berta could1 snow a slight in- crease now that a hardier va- riety is available. "There won't he substantial increases in acreages until we develop superior levels of hardiness (ability of the va- riety to withstand winter con- he said. Dr. Grant, who received his BSc from the University of Al- berta in 1944 and his PhD from the University of Wiscon- sin in IMS, started work in Lethbridge while the new sci- ence service laboratory was un- der construction. In 1951 lie named of the cereal breeding section. 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