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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE EIGHT iHE LP:THBR!DGE DAILY HERALD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1018 OF INTEREST TO The Success of the Southern Alberta Hay Growers Plncher Creok. Feb. S.-Through the oftorts of a number of farmers In the Plncher Creek. Cowley nud Brocket diitricts in Southern Alberta Uioy have .Bractlcally developed a new Industry Jn this province and have set a standard for timothy seed, which Is un-qualled on the continent. Incidentally they have Increased the amount of tnoney which has been produced on the farms in that district by a very Urge amount during the past year. Co-operative Society Tha Southern Alberta Hay Grower.^' tssoclation is one of the few farmer.^' co-operative societies which has developed along a new line and made ii self supporting success out of It, without any outside assistance. It w.is started about six years ago with a membership of 30 and this year It has on its roll 175. and represents 50.000 acres. The return for this year's crop prao-(tically represents that much "found money" has been put in circulation in these districts. Plncher Creek was known as one of the first and recognized ever since as one of the best ranching districts in the west. That .�was in the pioneer days and after �ranching went out and the smaller holder encroached in the ranges the conditions which had contributed to Its success as a stock country wero found to be equally buitable for the farmer. Most districts base their claims for attention on their suitabil-" Ity as a grain-growing or stock raising country, and some combine both, and the yields from the fields and the Big Returns In addition to their other farming and rnnchlug returns there are some farmers in the Pinehor Creek district who havo made big returns out of their hay crop. One man got a ehcnuo for $0,900 for the seed he sold and !n addition to this his threshed htiy brought, him in $3,500, there are others who gut $.=i.000 and upwards. There is one feature of the timothy seed production which appeals very strongly, particularly to a farmer who is any considerable distance from a shipping point. By threshing his hay he puts his marketable commodity in the smallest possible space and his seed can be taken to market in a few trips, whereas if he had to haul his baled hay he would probably have to spend months getting his hay to market. Every year there is a great outcry about the amount of money the farmers lose through the production of dirty grain. There are portions of the province where It Is practically imposslblo to produce a crop which is free from objeetionablo seeds of some description. The timothy seed farmers of the Plncher Creek district have exercised the greatest care in keeping their fields free from weeds and ' the rsult is that 70 per cent, of thir timothy seed takes tlie.grading of No. 1 and brings 10 cents per pound; or about ?40 per ton in two grades, it is not hard to Impress on him that it pays to keep his fields free from weeds. Xature has of course contributed also; the soli is splendidly adapted to splendid grazing country which is i the growth of the hay, while the foot-characterisUc of this portion of the I hill showers which are prevalent in this district are of the greatest assistance during the growing period and the long sunny days of summer give the timothy seed the high quality which is chacacteristlc of other seeds Crow's Nest Pass, Justifies it in being classed among the sections where both operations are conducted most uccessfully. History of Movement But through the energy of the mem- i Produced. For the hay growers there Ders of the hav growers' association fe^f'P'iraively few of the dangers they have put their section ahead in a ">i3 province, to which the grain ipecial line, which was first started I fr�^^"s Is .sub ected. The business-some ten or fifteen years ago when the ! manner which tbese farmers went .first timothy seed was sowi. There i their work has merited them in was the usual haphazard way of sell- j receiving the assistance and encour-ing, until the association was formed I �sement of the department of agri-sl� years ago, and since that time the ! at Ottawa: they have been disposal of their hay and timothy seed i rendered every assistance by the man-has been carried on under n splendid 1 "Sement and staff of the Internal gov-buslness management and this year tlieir seed crop of 100 tons has all been disposed of to one firm, which makes It the largest individual sale of timothy seed which has been recorded, the Splendid price of 10 cents per pound was paid for their seed No. 1, and of the total drop 70 per cent, of It caiie under this grading. In addition to the seed the members of the association are able to obtain ?13 per ton for their threshed hay, and $21 for the uuthreshed hay on track at any of their shipping points, w^hich are chiefly Pincher Creek and Brocket, where the association has storage for 500 tons of hay. These prices realize' a splendid re^ tnrn to the hay growers, as this year there was a yield on the average of about 4 bushels of seed to the acre and this is in spite of the fact that the season was a little too dry for a good SHORT COURSE AT A GREAT ,tHE U. F. A. Editor of The Herald. Dear Sir,-I soo in a late Issue of the Herald an e.xtract from an editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press in which the osloemod editor saw tit to rip the IT. F. A. convention up tha back again. It seoms to me that thia particular editor has contrnoted ' the habit of going after the U. F. A. rough shod. Last year the said editor accused us of being unpatriotic and kindred crimes. But I am sure that wo Just made a mistake in our way of showing our patriotism. If I am not misinformed at that titue Alberta led all the provinces in the u�mber of men Carumngay, Fob. 13. - Ot^o of the best short courses ever held In the south was concluded today. The meetings were all well attended, and the farmers and others present showed groat interest in the lectures and addresses given. \V. F. Stevens dealt exhaustively with seed selection, attending principally to head selection In the field. Ho also emphasized the need of using the fanning mill for weed control, showih.!; how weeds became distributed and established by-wind, streams, threshers. Impure seed, hay shipnjents, by animals and by not paying attention to old stack bottoms. Weeds were classified for purposes of eradication into annual, winter atiuual. biennial and perennial, and the methods appropriate to each was carefully set out. Among the best means of eradication were mentioned the clean summer-fallow, the use of the duck-foot cultivator, the Increase of forage crops, such as fall rye, etc. Weed Identification Mr. Hooper ^ave an Interestlns lecture on weed identification, llUistrated by -well-mounted specimens. While his collection was a large, one, chjef emphasis was given to the most common noxious weeds and to those liijurious to live stock. A lively discussion followed all the addresses. The evening session was well attended. Mr. McCaig, editor of publications for the provincial government, gave u talk on Increasing production in wartime. He set out in an Interesting way the progress in the economic status of the farmer during the last few years due to organization, co-operative activities and the general material pros-, perity. Mr. McCaig asserted that the big need of the Industry was organized of breeding sows was set out. Marketing of Egg* T. A. Benson of the Ooralnlon poultry branch gave an iutorosting discussion In ihe mai'ketlng of eggs, illustrating by lantern slides. In asisocU-tlou with the provincial poultry commissioner Mr. Benson is bringing about the better organization ot both the producing and marketing Interests of the province. W. H. Fairfield, of the Dominion experimental station at Lethbrldge, gav6 a full discussion ot the alfalfa crop. H e stated that alfalfa growing was past the oxporimcntal stage in both Irrigated .and dry lands. On the irrigated lands the crop was broadcasted; on the dry lands, sown In rows and cultivated. Alfalfa is desirable for dairy cattle, lamb and wether feeding, and growing stock of all kinds. Alfalfa was a means of getting weeds out of the Sand, Increasing the nitrogen content and furnishing the largest possible quantity of fodder of any Of our forage crops. The seed recommended on account ot Us hardiness and availability was the Grimm. Cultivation Jlr. Fairfield spoke briefly on cultivation. The chief topics dealt with were the aimimertallow, spring and fall plowing and working for weed eradication. Mr. Fairfield says the excessive use of the disc'has had the effect of making the soil too loose and advocated the use of the duqk-foot cultivator to some extent. He emphasized the need of crops to Increase the fibre In the soil and to prevent soli drifting. Fall rye Is becoming an important crop In dry land. Mr. McCaig gave an address In tbe afternoon session which was intended to show how the sheep industry fitted into dry land farming. Sheop � were sont to the army according to popti-latlon, Wo rather felt that was a good way to show our pntrltlKm''ftnd let U go at that. ; ' But tho ostoottied editor informed us in uncertain torma that It was not enough so thisyeat; wo complied with the requirements  having previously j oversubscribed the Victory Loan. Now Our friend from Manitoba comes back at us and says owing to the largo American element with their Tllsrogard for law andordor, that the convention Is hard to control. Now we will have to explain that when ones digestion' la good, their llvor In order and they got their lungs full � of Alberta nlr you can't expect them to bo orderly. A fact which we would hardly expect a dispoptic from Winnipeg to understand, The ostoemod editor says further that President AVood should attend a ' school of parliamentary law. Don't 1 our friend know that Mr. Wood comes ' from Missouri, where they aro not civ- !i NO FINDINGS FQR TEN * DAYS ., > > � Halifax. Feb. 15,-No find- > of the congestion will be made . l  Iti; closing the inquiry,  Government Bonds We offei- all maturities of Victory Loan at 98^ and accrued interest* Free from Taxes. Bonds may be . 'registered as to Principal. We can also supply yf>u with Provincial and'Municipal Bonds. The British Canadian Trust Co. 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