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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February �, 1973- Irrigation renovation on schedule Employees of Cunningham and Shannon of Taber work on a $35,000 drop structure on the Northeast Lateral of the St. Mary River Irrigation District. The shelter was built to facilitate better construction conditions. The Taber firm will build one other drop structure. Two other contractors are now working on nine additional drop Structures which will be renovated'for the 1973 irrigation year. During the four year program, 34 structures will be renovated. The work is being done on a cost sharing basis with the province paying 86 per cent of the work and the irrigation district 14 per cent. The lateral starts at Highway 4 near Wilson Siding to six miles north of Coaldale. Hi CAKES - BUNS - PASTRY FANCY BREADS - RYE BREAD QUALITY Zeller's Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-4853 Utility feed wheat varieties licensed for use in Canada By DR. HUGH McKENZIE Spring Wheat Specialist Lethbridge Research Station The licensing of two varieties of utility wheat by the Canada Department of Agriculture has made available a type of high-yielding wheat for purposes other than milling and baking. Until recently, farmers in Western Canada have grown three kinds of spring wheat-hard red, durum, and soft white. A fourth kind of spring wheat, called utility, has now come into the picture. Varieties in the utility group do not meet Canadian milling and baking standards and for the present will be used for livestock feed. The two recently licensed utility varieties are Pitic 62 and Glenlea. Pitic 62 has larger kernels, lower bushel weight, slightly shorter height, and later maturity than the well-known hard red spring wheat Thatcher. Pitic 62 outyields Thatcher; on the average, by about 25 per cent, but because it ripens four to seven days later than Thatcher, it should not be grown in areas where early fall frost is a hazard. Glenlea, the second utility variety, yields slightly less than Pitic 62 but has larger kernels, higher bushel weight, greater height, and earlier maturity. Both of these utility varieties outyield the hard red spring wheats such as Thatcher and are well suited as livestock feed. These two new varieties are eligible only for the recently established utility grades. The bread - making properties of Pitic and G-letf.ea do not meet Canadian standards, but the bread produced from these wheats would be acceptable in certain other countries. Consequently, exportation of utility wheats to foreign markets in tihe future is a definite possibility. For the present, however, the market for these wheats will be limited to sales as livestock feed. The production of utility varieties and the establishment of utility grades have provided another market outlet for the wheat farmer. ;