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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LCTHBRIDGE HERALD Wedneiday, July 18, 1971- Irrigated rapeseed looks promising By HIC SWIIIART Staff Writer VAUXHALL Rapessed, un- der varying irrigation and fer- tilizer conditions, was scrutin- ized Tuesday as 40 farmers toured Alberta's first test plots at the Lelhbridge Research Sta- tion substation here. The varilies Span and Echo wore tested with variations of nitrogen and phosphorous for carried out four times to get 80 cd, one with only a single ir- ...._, hgation application, one with two applications and the other with irrigation applications as actual test situations. For the irrigation test, a dry plot, with rainfall precipitation as the only source of moisture, was used as the check. 20 combinations and these were. I Three other plots were test FIRST OFFICIAL RAPESEED RESEARCH-Rolph Trimmer, left, crops specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture. Dr. Don Mackay, head of the soi'l science at the Lethbridge Research Station and Steve Dubetz, irrigation agronomist with the station, check the results of the first official tests of irrigation and fertilizer applications with rapeseed. About 40 farmers turned out for the field day at the Vauxhall substation. Rapeseed test plots compared VAUXHALL Irrigation, the builder of many parts of has been with rape- Western Canada, proved successful seed in the first scientific re- search carried out with one of the world's leading oil seeds. Span and Echo, Polish va- rieties of rapeseed, were shown to 40 farmers at the Lethbridge research substa- tion here Tuesday under dif- fering irrigation and fertilizer conditions. E. H. Hobbs, irrigation re- search scientist at Lethbridge, said the tests carried out for irrigation were set up with wa- ter as the test variable. All seeded crops were planted with 50 pounds nitrogen and 50 pounds phosphorous per acre on old alfalfa land. He said the crop was seed- ed at a rate of four pounds per acre with patchy germina- tion resulting. The crop then rounded into a good looking specimen. The check plot received no irrigation, with the only mois- ture content 3.6 inches of rain and an estimated four inches of ground moisture. The second plot had one wa- tering when the plant broke blossom as did the other two test plots. The third plot re- ceived an additional water ap- plication 10 days later with the fourth plot irrigated as re- quired during the growing sea- son. Each water application amounted to 2Vz inches, with 16 inches of available mois- ture for the final test area. There were 24 plots in this test. Mr. Hobbs said the dryland rapeseed was poor looking NEW BETTER WAY TO PAINT- PAD PAINTER Faster than a brush, easier han a roller Releases right amount of point Cuts paint- ing time Saves paint Saves work Gives better re- Introductory Offer. Save SPECIAL...... 0 FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. 816 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5540 with an estimated 500-600 pound yield. The plot with one watering was much better looking but still on the poor side with a yield of about 800- pounds. The third test section was good and unlike the first two tested samples, was just be- ginning to turn color. Esti- mated yield was The fourth test was perfect- ly green, very lush and esti- mated yield is expected to reach pounds per acre. Mr. Hobbs said a two-foot rooting profile was used to de- termine the following irriga- tion application. "When one half the available water was used rp, the next application was put on the soil. "There was a constant Wi inches of water applied each time." All of the farmers at the field day were impressed with the performance of both va- rieties under irrigation. They were told by research station personnel that seeding time, irrigation dates and availabil- ity of water were the most im- portant factors to overcome if irrigation is to make a large impact on the rapeseed indus- try. Council accepts hotel City council Monday formal- ly accepted the Lincoln Hotel as a gift from Peter Zoratti, although it is riot yet .certain what the property will be used for. Council agreed to a recom- mendation by City Manager Tom Nutting that the hotel at 3rd Ave. and 4th St. S. be ac- cepted and that a letter of ap- preciation be sent to Mr. Zoratti. Mr. Nutting told council there are no back taxes or any other "financial obligations" owing against the hotel prop- erty. Although no definite plans have been made for use of the property, a men's hostel has been suggested for the site. Renovation costs of the Proper application fertilizer important VAUXHALL Fertilizer, ap- plied in the right amounts, can produce astounding effects on agricultural crops, and rape- seed is not an exception. The first official results of ir- rigation and fertilizer applica- tions to rapeseed were shown to 40 farmers at the Lethbridge research substation here Tues- day using nitrogen and phos- University didn't burn The new university on the west side of the coulees was not ablaze shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The smoke and the glow of flames reported by many Lethbridge residents to the fire department were the re- sult of a large trash fire. A fire department official said the Poole Construction company had received permis- sion to burn the accumulated scrap materials; proper safety precautions were taken and a hazardous fire condition not been created. had OUR FIRST WINNER of a Carl ton Criterium 10 Speed Touring Bicycle given away Free just for entering the Fanta Drink Contest and enjoying FANTA DRINK PRODUCTS Is ANDREW TETERIS of 2815 llth Avenue S., lithbridje 5 BIKES STILL LEFT TO BE GIVEN AWAY ABSOLUTELY FREE Just mail your name, addrai. and phone number along with 6 BOTTLE CAPS or MIXED of the following great FANTA DRINK PRODUCTS to Box 5000, Itth. bridge. Alberta: PURITY BOTTLING (1967) LTD. AUTHORIZED BOTTLERS OF COCA COLA phorus fertilizers as the test variables. Steve Dubetz, i r r i g a tion agronomist at Lethbridge, said the rapeseed was seeded at a rate of five pounds per acre May 11 with five water applica- tions to assure fertilizer as the test variable. Water was applied at the rate of one inch June 4, 1.5 inches June 16, 2.5 inches June 30, 2.7 inches July 6 and 2.5 inches July 20. Repeated four times, phos- phorous (P) was applied at a factor of zero and 44 pounds per acre and nitrogen was ap- plied at a factor of zero, 50, 100, 150 and 200 pounds. Tn the test plots, there was a noticable increase in the quality of the crip as the amounts of the fertilizer was increased, with Uie most lush looking crop receiving 44 pounds of P and 200 pounds of N per acre. The crop was well past the blcom stage with the pods well developed in most cases. Because rapeseed responds to nitrogen early, these test plots were taller. Both the ni- trogen and phosphorus treated test plots were better looking than tlie plot with zero fertiliz- er application. Mr. Dubetz said the crops treated with varying amounts of N and P together looked better than plots treated with either fertilizer singly. He said of the test plots re- ceiving no fertilizer, Span seemed to have a better stand than Echo, although both vari- ities had a good germination record and a thick stand. Span appeared to be two days more mature. A Patricia farmer Fred Con- ners, who had been forced to test varying fertilizer ap- plications on his own land, said the 200 pounds of N and 44 pounds of P produced the best looking crop. On his own test, he went to 300 pounds but fomd the 200 pounds of nitrogen also produc- ed the best results. With an expected yield of 25 40 bushels per acre, he said he went to the cash crop for the immediate money. "If successful, I will continue with the rapeseed contract and do my best to keep the control of rapesccd oul of the hands of the Canadian wheat he said. warranted. The fertilizers used were phosphorous (p) with a factor of zero and 44 and nitrogen, with a factor of zero, 50, 100, 150 and 200 pounds per acre. All the crops were seeded May 11. The fertilizers were applied before seeding. The waterings were applied June 4 and 10 for the first two and the test with unrestricted wa- tering received water June 30, July 6 and July 20. With rain- fall and ground moisture the unrestricted plot had 16 inches to work with. Some observations with the fertilizers showed Span had a better stand with zero nilirogen and phosphorous. Both varieties showed taller stands with nitro- gen and better stands with eith- er fertilizer. When nitrogen and phos- phorous were used in combina- tion, the stand was better than when they were used singly. Bob Simmons, vice-president of marketing for Western Cana- dian Seed Processors Ltd., said the germination was excellent in all cases and the stands were thick. Dr. Don Wilson, head of the plant section at the Lethbridge Research Station, said the early seeding factor is impor- tant. "Irrigation availability is a factor in Uie success of a full- scale operation." Mr. Simmons said he was pleased with the results of Span, the Polish low-erucic-acid rapeseed, and Echo. "Rapeseed production on irrigation will go further after these tests. "Other types of rapeseed will perhaps become more suited to irrigation but the now date of seeding and availability of irri- gation seems to be the big fac- tor." He said harvesting times are also critical, with a golden- green color in the crop the best time for swathing. "Don't swathe the crop too green or too ripe. When 40 per cent of the pods have brown spots or black or red seeds, this is the best time." He said the Span variety did look two days more mature. Steve Dubetz, irrigation agro- nomist'at Lethbidge, said the one plot would likely be irri- gated once more before har- vest. "Samples amounting to four rod rows will be cut with sick- les from each plot and thresh- he said. "These samples will be sent to Saskatoon for oil analysis and the rest will be threshed, at A hostel operation would cost about a year and would return an esti- mated The provincial government has been contacted to deter- mine if the facility can be used by the welfare division, but as yet no reply has been received. If the province does not make use of the hotel and the city decides it is not worth- while renovating, the property may be sold and the proceeds earmarked for a special on- going project. RCMP drop search for driver Tlie RCMP recently announc- ed the case is closed and they are no longer looking for Allan Johnson of Calgary. Johnson's wrecked car was hauled from a 200 foot deep ravine next to the Akamina highway on Cameron Creek in Waterton Park June 8. No body was found in tlie car when it was retrieved from the creek and the RCMP became concerned a body might have been swept away by the raging water. Further investigation reveal- ed Johnson had been turned back as he attempted to hitch- hike into the United States at the Chief Mountain Border Crossing. No bodies of any other per- sons were discovered in the creek and after a month the search was dropped. An RCMP official reported Johnson had been seen last week in Prince George, B.C., but he again added no charges were pending for Johnson. "Our main concern was to assure ourselves and Uie public there were no bodies in the an RCMP official said. sano and Fred Connors of Pat- ricia were impressed with the test field day. All men now growing rapeseed, felt the Span variety would outyield Echo. Mr. Conners said this is a great advancement for the rapeseed industry. "If I could have Been to such a field day, I wouldn't have had to experiment with fertilizers and irrigation tech- niques." He said when he applied 200 pounds if fertilizer per acre, it was better than a 305 pound per acre application. The most used on the test site was 200 pounds. CAR-TRUCK ACCIDENT A car and a truck collided near the intersection of 20th Ave. and Mayor Magrath Drive at 10 a.m. today. The car came to rest across the median on the service road east of Mayor Magrath Drive. There is no estimate of damage, and there were no injuries. Police are continuing their investigalion. Further details were not available at press lime. Ecology Corps problems Student opposes criticisms James McHugh, a University of Lethbridge student whc quit the Alberta Ecology Corps a few weeks ago, has added his voice to the chorus of criticism that has plagued the province's summer work program. While some eports have been favorable, others have not. Un- ion leaders have criticized it; city council seve-al weeks ago talked seriously of informing the province of its dissatisfac- tion with the project. Mr. McHugh's unliappuiess stems partly from some of the comments made at that coun- cil meeting. The charge was made at that time that th.3 corps was not doing its job and the student workers were not working at a high level of pro- ductivity. Deputy Mayor Rex Little also expressed his dismay at- the "parasitic attitude" being en- gendered among young people today by government aid. Mr. McHugh said that if the young people were in fact being trained to become "para- sitic nothings" it was the es- tablished order that was doing the training. He noted that there are "official parasites" within the establishment, well versed in the art of concealing their parasitism. that he was an "untrained par- asite." He added that if he were to cut Ms hair and ride around in a yellow and black truck his performance would oe undistinguishable from that of the regular city crews. Mr. McHugh quit the corps the day before council blasted the program because h.e didn't feel he was doing anything use- ful. He emphasizes that his His problem, he said, was I feelings are personal and that other students may think that building a wooden fence around a nature preserve in the river valley is a worthy project. The fence, he claims, is use- less except as decoration and parts of it have already been broken down. Some of the results may not have been too visible to the general public, but it was the kind of anti-pollution work that needed to be done, he said. WANTED-TOP MECHANIC Salary to for right man. Mainly tuneup and wheel alignment. All inquiries strictly confidential. APPLY BRIAN ROELOFS NORTH LETHBRIDGE MO-TIRES EVENINGS 328-4869 THE PER CENTAGE Over ninety-four per cent of CaMdian households have a telephone. St. John returns City council Monday filed a letter which accompanied a ?110 cheque returned to the city by St. John Ambulance. The letter called the grant from the city an insult, and added that "we do not in- tend to beg" for city funds. St. John Ambulance had original- ly sought from the city, but the request wns slashed in a general cutback of grants to voluntary agencies. Aid. Joe Balla suggested if the city ever needs to avail it- self of the servicos of St. John Ambulance, a charge would probably bo levied for the ser- vice. Council members were gen- erally agreed the organization would be justified in following such a course of action. MODERN FASHIONS COMPLETE SUMMER STOCK DRESSES-HOT PANTS-HOT PANT OUTFITS-COATS SELL-OUT DRESSES 300 selected from our large stock all washables, fortrels arvd polyesters some cottons included. Sizes 10 to 24Vz. Pastels and darker shades. A very large selection of styles. Reg. 24.00 Rg. to 35.00 NOW AS LOW AS 14 .00 NOW AS LOW AS 20 ,00 A SELECTION OF DRESSES TO CLEAR AT 1 .00 and 5.00 PANT SUITS, PANT OUTFITS AND HOT PANTS A good selection of styles to choose from Colorful 2 and 3 piece outfits COATS PRICE LESS Entire stock of wool worsted, camel hair, suedes, fitted and loose styles. 95 NOW I W NOW pa LIGHTER WEIGHT UTILITY AND ALL-WEATHER COATS Crepes, fortrels, tweeds, crinkle crepes Sizes 8 to in Reg. to 40.00 Reg. to 35.00 NOW AS LOW AS 9 A98 NOW AS 11% LOW AS I W Reg. to 40.00 Reg. to 30.00 24 .98 NOW AS LOW AS 19 NOW AS LOW AS EXTRA SPECIAL. .00 A SELECTION OF SHOWER PROOF AND WOOL Full length an NOW ONLY f AATC fu" length and SWEATERS Our entire stock of sleeve- less and pullover and car- digan styles. Bulky and PANTY HOSE Top quality Reg. 1.49 pair EXTRA SPECIAL .26 PAIR Cm PAIR I finer knits. Reg. to 14.95 NOW Reg. to 9.95 NOW 9.95 5.99 A FEW TO CLEAR 3.77 SLACKS and STRETCHIE SLIMS Entire slock good color assortment. Reg. to 12.95 NOW AS LOW AS 4.99 ALL SALES FINAL-NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS MODERN FASHIONS 3WA 5th STREET SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ;