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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, July 7, 1971 Skunks present potential hazard Raiting hay on Bill Zaychuk farm near Park Lake Little damage in south Hail reported 22 days in June Hail was reported from I On all the other days, the somewhere within the Alberta j spotty nature of the hail and Hail Studies Project area on the small sizes produced little nail i iujcn tni.li ui. davs in June, equalling the j in the way of significant dam- li'Chcfl number recorded in j age this early in the growing il vcars prior to 1165. I season. Exactly half of the ob- served haiUalls contained some soft hail another factor ac- counting for little damage. The number of liail occur- rences reported by farmers liv- ing within a 100 mile radius of Penhold was over 500, some- what below normal, but much more than in recent years. It appears hail activity in June this year returned to more normal values typical of the late 1950's and early 1960's. Most of the hail was small and only on two days was there any significant amount with sizes walnut or larger. Thirty reports of big hail were re- ceived on July 13 and 25. This accounted for nearly all the serious damage to crops. In Hie southern part of the province between Calgary and the U.S. border there was very little hail. It only hailed on nine days during the month of June, and the largest reported stones were walnut size. No serious damage to crops reported. Althouali a number of skunks .iavc been eliminated in Albcr- a, they still present a potcn- ial hazard, said Dale Alsagcr, ;o ordinator of the provin- cial vector control program. Circumstantial evidence indi- cates that rabies, which the skunk is a primary spreader, may be transmitted through he air in the den, via the mother's milk to her offspring or by ingested infected tissue. Mr. Alsager said biting is the main form of transmission of the disease. He stresses that it is not true that a skunk can't bite or scent if suspend- ed by its tail. Mr. Alsager stresses that it is not true that a skunk can- not bite or scent if suspended by its tail. Because skunks have poor perception they are easily trapped, but food or scent in, or near, the trap does not in- crease its effectiveness because the skunk has a very poor sense of smell. Skunks remain more or less inactive from the middle of De- cember until the end of Febru- ary, said Mr. Alsager, but they do not hibernate. Mating usually takes place during the first two weeks in March, depending upon the weather. As mentioned pre- viously, biting is common at this time. The average gestation period for a skunk is about 63 days. The first litter usually consists of. about four young with six to eight being common in sub- sequent litters. The young are med at about 2'-i months. ttTHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Skunks feed mainly on in- sects and other invertebrates when these are available. They forage within a ISO degree arch around the den and will range anywhere from 175 to 900 yards from their dens. During the breeding seas o n nightly excursions of up to a mile are quite common for the males. In the early spring skunks hunt intensively and almost ex- clusively along fence lines. When the breeding season is over, the males shorten their excursions and concentrate on hunting. The females do not usually travel more than a quarter of a mile from their dens. After the young are born they travel very short distances and for short periods. In general, a skunk spends the greater part of his life within a relatively small area. Most dens used by skunks were originally dug by such an- imals as woodchucks, badgers, foxes, coyotes or muskrats. Skunks prefer den sites on five to ten degree slopes to those on high ground or in val- leys. The dens are most often located along the edge of a woodlol or a patch of brush in a hayfield or pasture, or along a fence line. Most dens have two entrances. Since skunks do not prey on rodents or other small animals starvation is the main cause o: deaths in Alberta. Disease (pneumonia, distemper, rabies as a cause of death runs a close second. 4-H dub news s Ihere something on this list you're looking for? RENTALS 6 Air Air Air Air Conditioner-cnr Air MaUress-30" _ Axes Red-Rollaway Cot 30" Reducer Bicycles speed _ Booster Cablei Car ton Car Top Carrier Cor Repair Equipment Cement Mixer-3 cu. ft. t Chairs-stacking Coffee Urni Crib Crow Bar 1 Drill-'A" variable Drill-V. 6 Drive-it Gun ft Duplicator Exercise Biles 20" Fan Fire Flame Thrower-weeds juice Glassware Kit- punchbowl and 12 cups Grinder-6" bench Hammer sledge Hand Trucks-appliance ft Hedge High Chair-folding Hoisf and ton Ice Cream Maker Jacks-3 ton hyd. extension extension Ladder-step 7' and 10' O Lawn Mower 18" gas Lawn Trimmer and Edger Nail Puller-hand O pipe Cutters-2" Play Posl Hole Augers Pry Bar-24" Puller-gear Rake-power 18" Roller-18x24 lawn Roto Tiller-5 H.P. Rug brush Rug Sander-3" belt O drum forks, spoons Steeping Socket and Tool Set Staplers Sleamer-wallpcippr Tablcs-8' Tcnt-9'x9' Tow Bars Trailer Hitchei Trailers-utility Trap and Toilet Auger Vacuum Cleaner Weelbnrrow-3-eu. ft, WARDS SERVICES LTD. 1712 2nd Avc. S. Phono 328-8775 Open 7 p.m. WdeVJo aticm scheduling K. K. KROGMAN. Soils Specialist How much water does a crop ise during the season? Con- umptive use of wrater studies at the CDA Irrigation Research Substation at Vauxhall show hat during the growing season cereal crops use from 16 to 8 inches of water and alfalfa uses 24 to 30 inches. The rate of water use for cereals is low in spring and ?te summer, whereas for al- alfa it is fairly high through- out the season. The daily rate of water use is about the same tor all crops when thev are rigorously growing in midsea- son Summer rainfall is s e 1 d o m enough to provide all the wa- .er r e q u i r e d for maximum yields but irrigation can make up the deficit. When should the crops bo irrigated and how much water should be applied at a lime? The amount of available water that the root zone will hold ranges from 3 to 5 inches in sandy soils lo 6 to 8 inches in clay loams. When one half of the available water has been used, it is time to irrigate; otherwise, yields may be re- duced. When has one half of the available water been used? The i daily rate of use by a growing I crop that covers the ground and is well supplied with soil moisture is from about one- tenth of an inch in cool weather to one third of an inch in hot weather. The accumulated daily use after an irrigation or a rain- fall of 2 to 3 inches will indi- cate when half of the available moisture has been withdrawn from the root zone. Thus, crops on sandy loam may require an irrigation every six days dur- ing hot weather but only every 20 days during prolonged cool periods. On heavy soils the interval between irrigations could be longer but more water will be required to fill the root zone in these soils than in light soils. Tills approach lo irrigation scheduling can't altogether re- place periodic examination of the soil and the crop. The irri- gator needs to have an intim- ate knowledge of the topogra- phy and soil on all parts of the farm fields. Crops should always have ad- equate soil moisture, particu- larly during the critical vege- tative and seed forming stages if they are to produce maxi- mum yields within the limits of weather, soil fertility, and the other growth factors. FORT MACLEOD Henry Weigman, second time winner for the Madeod 4-H Beef Club walked away from the annual award night with more than his share of the tro- phies. Henry won the Grand Champion and Club Champion as well as the champion heifer award Other winners were reserve grand champion, Len Zoete- man; champion pee wee Tied i Allen; reserve pee wee cham- pion, Stewart Foote; and re- ;erve champion heifer, Wayne Zoeteman. Public speaking awards went to Collette Vallieres and the judging awards to Barbara Al- len. Showmanship honors w ere copped by Wilfred Rootselaar and Bernard Grooming kits for the best kept animals were by Carol Broadhead md Bernard On-. Other win- ners were Kathy Bourassa, will be held at Lunde's farm later. The final preparation wa made for the 4-H Show am Sale July 12-14 in the Leth bridge Exhibition Pavilion Everyone mast weigh their calf between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m July 12. Cathy Ham gave a demon stration on showmanship. CLUB REPORTER Stacking hay on Herbut Farms near Diamond City Southern Saddle Achievement Day results The Southern Saddle Light Horse 4-H Club held its Achievement Day June 26. The c 1 a s s e s and winners were: yearling halter class, Margo Hanson, Max Hanson; two year old halter class, Max Hanson; Marga Hanson. Junior fitting class, Cathy Toews, Gordon Forsythe; jun- ior showmanship, Cathy Toews, Heidi Schmidt; pee wee show- manship, Tanie Hanson. Scott Hanson. Intel-mediate fitting and showmanship, Max Hanson, Margo Hanson; junior equita- tion, Cathy Toews, Barrel! Duce; pee wee equitation, Scott Hanson Tanie Hanson; inter- mediate equitation, Max Han- son, Lyle Toews. Intermediate trail class Jayne Schmidt, Lyle Toews; junior trail class Cathy Toews, Dar- rell Duce; intermediate trail class, Margo Hanson, Schmidt. Record books, Margo Hail- son, Cathy Toews; nn Lyle Toews, Darrell Duce; Junior champion, Cathy Toews; reserve champion, Gor- don Forsythe: intermediate champion, Max Hanson; re- serve champion. Margo Han- son; efficiency winner, Margo QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bids. Hi PHONE 328-76841 Hanson, CLUB Cathy Toewi. EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT WHITE ONLY Reg. 7.95. Gal NOW FREDDIE'S PAINT (WISTERN) LTD. 816 3rd Ave. 5. Ph. 7-5540 Calendar of farm events July 9.17 _ Calgary Stampede and Agricultural Show Exhibits July 19-21 Lettibricigc Exhibition and Fair Water Wonderland Displays July 2-1-25 Missoula Area American Society of Range Management Tour July 26-31 Medicine Hal. Exhibition and Fair Agricul- tural Theme Displays August 2-6 Olds Horticulture Week Olds Agricultural and Vocational College August 15-18 Fredriclon, N.B. Potato Industry Conference August in Wain-might Provincial Horticultural Show August 18 Cardston Annual Agricultural Fail- August 20-21 Pincher Creek Annual Agricultural Fair August 21 Tatar Annual Agricultural Fair August 27 Brooks Horticultural Research Centre Tours And Field Day Duane Foote, and Karen Allen, Speaking to the 85 members and parents were Leighton Buckwell, Fort Macleod MLA, and Brian Ainsworth, depart- ment of youth summer assis- tant. Club leaders are Wilf Allen and Mel Foote. WILLOW CREEK The regular meeting ot the Willow Creek 4-H Light Horse Club was held June 12 at p.m. in the Anglican Church Hall in Claresholm. Jeth Cornish presided over the meeting in which 12 mem- bers answered the roll call with each member naming a horse disease. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted, and a financial report was given. Mr. Hansma gave lie club further information on the Claresholm Quarter Horse Show, which the club is spon- soring. It was carried that the club make and sell the entry numbers for this show, for a nominal fee. There was some discussion about splitting the club into ju- niors and seniors in order tc give the juniors a chance at Achievement Day. Also there was some discussion on wheth- er trophies should be given to the winners of the club's Achievement Day. This was labled for he next, meeling. CLUB RKPORTEK Monly Wesley PARK LAKE On July 7 at 8 p.m. the Part Lake 4-H Beef Club meeting was called to order by Presi dent Cyril Hubhard. Dennis Lunde lead the 4-H pledge. Tlie roll call was do you nce( any help with your calf? the float will be entered in the Lethbridge Whoop-Up Da; parade July 19 and it will b dismantled ill Mr. Hubbard'. farm July 25 at f, p.m. A part RABIES ADVICE If an animal must be killed because it is suspected of hav- ing rabies, as would be the case with a wild animal, do not shoot it in the head. The brain must be preserved undamaged for a laboratory diagnosis. Keep the head as cool as possible. Bo sure that people or other ani- mals do not come in contact the carcass, saliva, blood I and other body fluids. STUDENTS 18-24 TRAVEL CANADA FOR Bus, Meals, Accomodation July 20 Aug. 18 AUGUR Phone 328-7144 Just A Few of the Super Savers at Safeway Soda Pop Cragmonl Assorted Flavours Easy open pull top can 10 fl. or. tin W89 R riMMMHMI Ground Coffee Safeway All Purpose Canada Grade A Large Size 85' Fresh Eggs akfast Gem 2199 Mb. bag Beef Roast Standing Rib 1st 5 ribs oven ready. Canada Choice Canada Good Beef Ib. 99 Reg. Dipper, Salt 'n Vinegar 9-oi Ice Cream Snow Star 4 Flavours 1 Gallon Plastic Bananas Golden Yellow 1 .89 Best Quality Smoked Horns Maple Leaf Whole, Half or Quarters 49 PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge Stores July 9-10 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES______ SAFEWAY CANADA SAFE ;