Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, February 6, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 13 Bertha armyworm claimed bug spotlight The season of 3972 began slowly. Spring was late, delaying the grasshopper hatch so that their damage was less than expected. By the end of May, flea beetles and the false chinch bug had caused concern to some farmers growing rape-seed, even though their populations were not generally high. The pale western cutworm damaged some fields of wheat near Lethbridge, the redbacked cutworm and the clover cutworm, attacked sugar beets near Taber and the army cutworm failed to make any impression at all. During June, farmers sprayed 5,500 acres of sugar beets for the sugar-beet root maggot and another 25,000 acres for the beet webworm. A few reports were received of blister beetle damage while their hosts, the grasshoppers, continued to damage crops in the Provost - Wain-wright, Acadia Valley, Drum-heller, Lethbridge - Pierce, and Grassy Lake area. Municipalities bought 1,500 gallons of dim-ethoate, enough to treat 32,000 acres. July continued cloudy and cool and grasshoppers continued to require control. Ranchers in the Cranbrook area treated for extremely high levels of grasshoppers for the fifth straight year. In this area the hungry 'hoppers had even defoliated spruce trees. Pea aphid populations, very low during early summer, suddenly spurted late in the month. In August the Bertha army-worm took the spotlight, and infestations spread as far south as Nobleford and Grassy Lake. Infestations of 30 worms per square yard were found north of Strathmore. Larvae collected from the southern edge of the infestation contained fewer parasites than those collected further north, an indication, perhaps, of continued sources of high infestations on the periphery for 1973. Aphicfe had now reached levels of 250 per head in wheat fields, and the pea aphid, assisted by the absence of parasites and predators, weighed down the alfalfa. The corn leaf aphid, in numbers not seen since 1956, damaged barley cover crop over a wide area and added insult to injury by transmitting barley yellow dwarf to the extent that some fields were 100 per cent infected. In the meantime, large moths were attracting attention because of their relatively high numbers. People under green ash trees were peppered by the faeces of the cotton wood hawk-moth larvae, and Lethbridge received that rare southern visitor, the black witch. Early snow and cold weather in September put an end to most obvious insect activity, but, surprisingly, the grasshoppers had survived the first blast of winter to cause serious damage to fall rye. A second wave of cold weather presumably ended their attacks until next year when it is expected moderate infestations will cover an even greater area with areas of severe infestation appearing for the first time in some years. We have it! 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Alas, this means the building is square in the teeth of the gales -of which there are many. The wind was howling through the cracks, undulating the curtains, rattling the window panes. The Head of the Household (affectionately known as HH) and I cowered in our armchairs. We fully expected our frail edifice would give way at any minute, splint ering to the four corners of Southern Alberta. I know adaptability is the key to human survival, but we have only lived in Lethbridge six -months. Such a short span of time has not yet accustomed us to the fearsome Chinook presence which whistled through our apartment, lashing the leaves of our houseplants. So, HH and I cowered. Suddenly, above the roar of the wind we heard a great crashing and clanking as all hell broke loose on the balcony. Our barbecue, which we had believed sufficiently battened down, had come undone from its moorings. The wind buffeted it back and forth, crashing it against one side of the metal railings, then the other. "We've got to stop it," bellowed HH, clutching his ears. "The racket will drive everyone crazy." Since we live on the third floor, this meant venturing forth on the balcony to rescue the imperiled barbecue. And that meant opening the sliding doors. To complicate matters, the screen - also purported to be of a sliding variety - was stuck, wouldn't budge. By now the wind was roaring into the livingroom, wreaking havoc. We struggled with the unyielding screen. Finally, HH wiggled it off its runners and steppel bravely forth, hanging onto the now unwieldy screen. Chortling in its dementia, the Chinook caught the screen and hapless HH, sending them reeling back and forth across the balcony. The resulting picture -mercifully it was dark - was one of an insane tennant waltzing awkwardly with a metal rectangle. Weeds and ice Weeds and ice may not have much in common, but they do share the effects of a burner custom built for Agriculture Canada's Ottawa Research Station. The machine can burn emerging weeds from a cereal field wliile the growing crop is in the two-leaf stage. By increasing the heat output 25 per cent and making a few other minor adjustments, it can economically smooth ice surfaces. "Grab it, grab it," screamed HH, thrusting the screen at me. Eventually we wrestled the monster through the window and into the livingroom. Next, the barbecue. Cli-matized by now, HH seized the resaie victim and forthwith executed a few brisk pirouettes about the balcony (I never knew he could do the minuette), before aiming at the open door. As I pulled the battered barbecue to safety, the wind took one last whirl at it, catching the ashes remaining in the firebox. The fine dusting of ash settling on myself and all the furniture seemed a fitting conclusion to the evening. Only then did I notice that my left slipper had disappeared during the fray. We have since recovered from the ordeal. 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