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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ______________________ Tuesdoy. Jontory 9, 1973 THE IETHSRICGE HERAID 11 Greenhouse industry important in research two thirds of an acre under glass ai the Albert a Hor- ticultural Research Center, Barrie Hutchison. greenhouse crops supervisor, has a hand in the majority ci greenhouse crops grown in Alberta. He said greenhouses al the center near Brooks are be- ing used all the lime with space allocated according to need to the seven professional research ers. Because of the extreme vari- ety of useo of tbe facilities. there is a close co-operation be- iv-een researchers, said Mr. Hutchison. StTE'srberry and poicto test- ing to Soring stock planls for j-prins cutting 10 establishing 150.000 bedding plant- to let- ing flowers of various types aD is ongoing during the winter at center. His is about evenly ?plit between research projects a! the hortJeul-niral and ex- tension work. for Lhe provinoo. He meexs regularly wiili ihe !S5 operators in Al- berta. Twenty per cent m ihe operetors handle SO per cenr of tbe volume of business. The work of Lhe greenhouse supervisor is continuous and varying. Ore project is the bed- ding plants Under ideal grow- in c conditions in the greeniwus- es uith the climate adjusied for tempersture and humidity, the plants are started. Once established, the plant? are transferred to hot frames. low lying reclaEffulsr boxes with glass lops with heating fa- cilities. In the hot frames. the plants are hardened and acrus- lomed to the atmospheric condi- tions. p'.ar.U then put cvid are lar 10 n'XHrt '.he iscilires. Here the pi-in'-; rc-cit've only srion ir.-d ihis coininues A visit 10 or-e of n.vy ranees of ri -eenhouses gives one an idea of ihe work ongo- ing at the center. Three houses are set up in one half of The range. Tomatoes Ere crwLnc in lush clivers all alcsng ihe centre 02 ih. Mr. Hutchison s-siri sre croii'n in the because T survive with the i iightlr.g conditions. In ihe first house, four programs are bo Ing tested to find the ideal mitrieni ;o put into the soil for the bes: yield. The researchers are trying to establish the best soil balance lo get the besi faH iTOp. In the house, varietal trials for tomatoes are the sub- ject of the research. There are IS varieties of tomatoes repli- cated many limes. This is dene 10 attempt to increase t h e yield per square foct for the commercial greenhouse man. In Lhe third house, cultural trials an? performed. High den- sin- planting techniques are be- ins tested to find varieties 4-H report PEL BON1TA BT, Rowlla Jnhasi IVcer.iber moolLn? of [be PX -i-H x-.v Srv 'b vs-.v- :o ordor IV. IVrvis uiih e wjiich 7.ill produce in 2 close planting regime. Mr. said Ihey are fcpi'ing new sclicduies for ing tomatoes and nr-'.v growing techniques 10 p; iJe tion lo the farniorF.. In the lomato testing section, the lemperature is rjaintair-od at ?2 degrees and it i-eminds one of balmy Southern Albena in the summer. Right across the hall, chryfthc-m-iins are be- ing tested in 52-cegree teniper- aoires. Here, ihe are interested in perfecting Lng techniques. Through t h e work in the greenhouse, it is hoped to find varieties v.ith col- ors TitJch will stsnd up to Al- berta v-esther flow- ers v.hich v-iil not fade ID the sun. Mr. Hutchison said, ideally. corner deals applied research Eccordii'.a to the prob- lem.- of the Communi- cation the cecier and ihe will improve the qualir- of ihe research and in lum Lhe quElily of the products. CUCV.MDERS The tv.-o main crops for green- ir; Albena, beside? flow- ere. sre tomatoes and cucum- bers. R search is be'ng done American fielrf c-jcumbers and European seedless variet- ies. If the European varieties can become popular m Canada. said Mr. Hutchison, it could help the producer. These var- ieties appear to promise of higher productivity than Lhe traditional types gnran to dale. The total acrca ge of green- houses in Alberta is 70. Spring crops 20 acres o( vege- table production. This com- pares with Ontario which has 450 acres under glass with about one half of this in vegetable production. "It's ray belief that there Is a future in this line of produc- tion.7I ssid Mr. HutchisoQ. "It is the aim of the reserch to in- crease the returns per square foot of greenhouse space and as this increases, it becomes more viable ao industry." Barrie Hutdihon NAVAHO CB TRANSCEIVER 140 .95 power supp'ies AJI crysto's, all chcnneis "Ronoe Boost" For power Mechcmicai filter duol ccnversicn Reg 189 .95 DURING OUR JANUARY CLEARANCE Our Fines! Stereo Cassette Tape Deck Reg. 249.95 ,95 Dolby' No'ie Seduction C.-cui! FREE fope eve purchase 209 Get the Best! 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