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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 28, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta , IlUNf~DEVASTAT f ,,,................ ..... j)wtuypii jillMHi.....tiltf ' I T4> (1) M. Olemenoeau talking to a I British general. With him is airl Dougliis Haig. Behind tiie French Premiiiu/i(j>in Ofjieial Plinio iCofti/rifiht)] IF there Is one crop more thau another oa which the prosperity of a country may be. firmly established it^s alfaUa-the king of fodder crops. This wcnderful crop has been the .fejundatlon of succesaful Irrigation �griculture in the United States, and history ia now repeating itself in Canada. in Southern Alberta already an important alfalfa growing district-government reports show that there were 30,500 acres in this-crop this year-farmers are using more and more of their irrigated lands every year for the growing of this I valuable fodder, and it is only a ques-.tion of time when the irrigable lands of Southern Alberta will rank among  the largest alfalfa producing areas on the North American continent. The country is still young. Thou-, ands of acres of irrigable land have' not been touched by the plow Thousands more bavo been 'broken during the last two seasons ana arc not yet reaoy for this crop, as it does ncjt do well until the sod has been thoroughly integrated - a process [which is best accomplished by the growing of one or two other crc^s be--.forehand- Then, too, during the last two years the most argent call has been for wheat. For the growth of alfalfa Southern jj^berta Is oxtrem�ly well favored. Alfalfa requires abundant sunshine, and a warm summer temperature.'] Southern � Aiberta has both. During the summer months the days are-much longer than they are farther south, and the sun shines almost con-^ I rtiauoualy, Aifalia does 'best' on � rich.. deep, well-drained soil. TUoso arc special characteristics of the ho:1 in Southern Alberta. .Alfalfa thrives best under Irrigation, in arid and semi-arid climates. The climate of Southern Alberta may be said to be l^eml-arld, and under irrigalion alfalfa grows there to Its highest perfection. In tho Lethbridge irrigation district, which is the oldest of tho Jrrl-gat ;bf irrigable land at least one head of cattlii, pr.� proportionate number Of hqgs -'.or sheep, can be supported all tlte .ye'sr round. This fact is beginning"tqVlJe appreciated, and it means thjit mtLVtj times the number of livestock: at lu* sent kept can bo maintained on' th'eeie irrigable lands. And aa the-number of live stock Increases, the prosperity of tho country wlH grow correspond' Ingly. There are already signs that the time is not far distant whn tho tiTlgabJe areas of Southern Alberta will become the home of the most closely settled and most prosperous mixed farming and stock raising com- , munlties in the Canadian West, and, indeed, one of the laoat prosperom' communities on the v^hole o� thp-cpi�> tlnent. .-5 ;