Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, February 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Super tree research sprouts in B.C. DI-SYSTON 15% Granular Controls all aphids, including strains resistant to chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides. Long-lasting control up to 6 to 8 weeks after application. No protection gaps Protection starts the instant plants emerge. More natural insect control Insecticide inside the plant can't destroy beneficial insect populations when applied as directed For clean, healthy potatoes, give aphids and leafhoppers a smack in their suckers the instant they sit down to dinner Apply DI-SYSTON 15% Granular as you plant Your dealer has it now RESPONSEabilrty to you and nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Drwe Ontario NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) Foresters in British Columbia are working on a research project of which they will never see the final results. Researchers on Vancouver Island are developing a race of super Douglas fir trees that will be the foundation of bigger and better forests. But it takes 70 or 80 years before a Douglas fir reaches its peak and foresters are able to judge the success of their program. The basis for their tree- breeding program is the rare plus tree, a tree superior to others in growth and form. The foresters have chosen 700 of them and will use the fir seeds of their progeny to improve the entire strain The plus tree program is about 15 years old, but only now is it entering its second stage, the establishment of banks of young progeny of the .superior trees from which fir seeds can be drawn. These seeds should pass on the same genetic factors that make up the plus tree, therefore giving birth to a forest of super trees. One of the companies participating in the controlled breeding program is MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., the largest forest products company in Canada. Its forestry research section is involved in the Fish need special taxidermist care WOODSTOCK, Ont. (CP) Pam Mcllroy is, among other things, a taxidermist. The other things include professional artist, designer and builder of model airplanes, wife and mother of a five-year-old son She also enjoys fishing, camping and hunting and is taking guitar lessons She recently opened the taxidermy business at her home after a year's training. The taxidermist's tools include a saw, knives, pincers, special preservatives, monofilament or dental floss to sew with styrofoam for the inside of the fish, bird or animal and accessories such as eyes and wood for framing. "Before beginning taxidermy you must study animal she said Each item takes a different period of time to complete. A bird, for example, can be finished in two or three days but must be left for two weeks after completion to set. Fish present a special problem since they lose their color when removed from the water and the color must be restored. Mrs. Mcllroy advises fishermen to carry a camera so that the exact color can be recorded when A fish is caught. Like most taxidermists, she charges by the inch. There is an extra charge for mounting on a plaque Honey profit sweet OTTAWA (CP) Honey producers cashed in on one of their sweetest years ever in 1973 as a worldwide shortage pushed prices roughly 67 per cent higher than the year before and triple the average for the last five years. Total production by the country's beekeepers rose to 54.6 million pounds from 50.5 million in 1972 while the value of honey climbed to more than million from million. 'Prices per pound rose to between 50 and 55 cents from 30 cents Statistics Canada reports that the number of bee colonies rose to last year from the year before. Average yield per colony increased to 125 pounds from 121. KISS PEELING PAINT PROUBIS 600MYE ALUMINUM SIDING DUNCAN ALUMINUM CO 1906 LAKESIDE ROAD PHONE 327-0421 second phase of the project at the company's Harmac Arboretum near here. Five trees grown from each plus tree selected for the company's program are being established. Plus trees can be propa- gated in two ways, either by rooting a branch or by grafting it onto a small foster seedling. The new trees will be genetically the same as their parents. The transplanted cuttings or Footings, known as clones, will then be planted in a series of seed orchards to ensure regular seed production. The 'orchards are made up of a mixed pattern of selected plus trees and the seed from each section will provide planning stock for the future. Chief forester Grant Ainscougb of MacMillan Bloedel explained. "Mixing of the clonal plantings will maintain a diversity of the superior genetic strains, which is preferable to producing trees that are exact duplicates of the parent stock. "Duplicate descendants of a single tree might, for example, prove to be vulnerable to attack by certain insects or diseases. The mixing of many genetic strains ensures that hereditable resistance to such attack is preserved." Producing a master race of Douglas firs is vital to British Columbia, which annually exports forest products worth about billion. "CUSTOM BUILT" WES-T-RAVEL TRAILERS Travelling Camping Choose from 14 and 17 foot Models in your choice of interior equip- ment SM md PriN Thtn Now At JENSEN WELDING P.O. Box 2216, Tabsr, Alberta Phom 223-2544 A AUIS-CMALMERS COME TO our Open House and get an "Eye Full" of the all new Allis- Chalmers 7030 and 7050 Trac- tors that are Measurably Better than the competion You won't believe it until you come in and see them for yourself So come and see them in our showroom on Thurs., Feb. 21st, from p.m. to p.m. Bring the family along for fun and refreshments We're gonna open your eyes! ce Box SS1-1-23-214-31S1 Stawt North Alberts Allte Chalmers Farm Maehinwy 24 Hour Hesston Haying Equipment Phom 32S-MS2, 32S-3M3. After Hours: Raymond Lsthbridgs 321-7023.