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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Machinery deaths blamed on farmer ALL W KNOTS When it comes to the finer points of showing cattle in shows, Mrs. Ron Mcleod of Barons takes over the reins from her husband. Ron is never far away though as he supervises the intricate finger work of his wife. The action was prior to the steer com- petition at the Fort Macleod Little Royal. Survey measures marketing preferences Farm Safety Week warning care OTTAWA (CP) In book- els distributed to mark Farm Safety Week, July 25 to 31, the Canada Safety Council places he blame for farm machinery 'atalities squarely on the 'armer himself. The council says farm ma- chinery fatalities per wpulation have doubled dur- ng the last 10 years, despite more safety features on farm equipment. The 110 fatalities in Canada in 1969 included 19 children un- der 10 years of age. "Unsafe operating practices and poor maintenance are tho main cause of farm machinery accidents. "The farmer himself is di- rectly responsible for the high accident rate and it's up to him to reduce the needless toll of deaths and injuries." The council offers several general suggestions for safe operation of farm machinery: hands with leather gloves. safety goggles to protect eyes against dust and chaff. comfortable, close- fitting clothing which has no loose ends to catch in ma- chinery. hot weather, drink plen- ty of water and take extra salt to make up for perspiration losses. rush or hurry. The council also offers tips for operating specific machinery: Tractors: Reduce tipping hazards by spreading wheels as far as possible; set draw- bar in lowest position when hitching to a heavy load; never hitch to the axle hous- ings; keep safety shielding in place when using the power takeoff; install protective frames or crush-resistant cab. Elevators and grain augers: Direct engine exhaust away from elevator to4 minimize fire hazards; keep all guards and shields in place; add a safety track to the elevator if it is the kind that may collapse. Corn pickers and combines: Always, shut off power before cleaning or adjusting; forbid extra riders; stay clear of moving parts. Power chain saws: Do not wrap cord around hands when starting the engine; .make sure of good footing; don't smoke when filling the gas tank. Balers: Don't pull hay from the pickup when servicing or adjusting the baler or re- moving bales, disengage the power and wait for the fly- wheel to stop rotating. Agri Business News Increased rail freight rates denounced as inilationary The recent 3 to 6 per cent in-' crease of rail freight rates an- nounced by both the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway companies has been termed inflationary by Nation- al Farmers Union executive member Jack McClby. Mr. McCloy said the rate in- creases will affect all consu- mers but fanners would be par- ticularly hard hit because of their high consumption of goods entering into the production of crops and livestock. In 1970, Canadian farmers ex- pended billion in operat- ing expenses, the major por- tion of which involved trans- port of one form or another. Added to this, farmers would also ba required to pay higher transport costs of products they shipped to market, other than export grain now protect- ed by the Crow's Nest Pass Agreement of 1897, he said. While suppliers of goods and services to farmers are able to pass on added freight costs in the form of price increases, armers are not in a compar- ible position. The impact of the freight in- crease would, he said, have a pyramiding effect and would ost farmers more than the ac- ual increases as reflected in jrice increases of goods and iervices. Alberta Wheat Pool is con- ducting a survey of grain pro- ducers throughout Alberta, de- signed to measure preferences concerning market req u i r e- ments and services. Several thousand producers, selected at random, have been provided with a 27-part ques- tionnaire, through which they can indicate their opinions re- garding the present system of grain marketing, and provide a list of priorities for change. Response to the questionnaire has been enthusiastic and re- turns are now being processed. The results of the survey will be used by Alberta Wheat Pool in deciding which ser- vices and functions deserve special attention, and which long-term industry .trends should be encouraged by the Pool. It is recognized that the pro- ducers desires ments should form the basis for change within u.j handling business, and indeed also in the grain production and processing parts of the indus- try. SALES HOSTESSES Required by Enerson Motors Applicants must be between ages of 22 to 30 years, well-groomed, attractive and have the ability to meet and deal with the car buying public compivfely. For interview, coll Celeste phone 327-5705 extension 232. CWB permit books show quota change There are several important changes in Canadian Wheat Board permit books for the 1971- 72 crop year. The most important one con- cerns acreage allocations for quotas. Farmers can now as- sign acres for a particular crop quota, regardless of the num- ber of acres actually seeded to that crop. In fact, they need not seed any acres this year to the crop in question. Alberta department of agri- culture marketing economist, David Walker, advises farmers to take advantage of this pro- vision when planning their mar- keting program for the 1971-72 crop year. He points out that while this change requires farmers to do more planning, it should 'give them more flexi- bility in their marketing pro- grams. the raking pickup designed to match the high speed performance of today's combines MODEL 690 SUSPENSION WHEEL TYPE PICKUP Six rowj of curved teeth assure complete coverage of ground area; It's available In both 7 and 9 ft. widths, and hos simplified design. Model 690 is built for high-ipeed operation, even in exceit of 8 mph. It's lightweight, compact, and built for easy 1 reimport. A SUND RAKING PICKUP CAN PAY FOR ITSELF IN ONE SEASON! MODEIS TO CHOOSE FROMI All modeli f eoture non-winding fin drapes, curved tooth raking oclion, bock and front floating action. Both wheel ond sus- pension types available in 7 and 9 foot widthi. j Ideal for imall gralnl Makes harvesting tatlerl picki up dawned crept with- out cutting! Cleaner fltldil Greater profihl Salvages 75% of hailed crepsl Guaranteed fo give safisfacfionl SEE YOUR LOCAL DEALER "Over a Quarter Century of Serving Agriculture" The second change involves larley sold for marketing pur- wses. In the past, fanners who lad barley selected for the malting trade were given over- quota carlot privileges. This year mailing barley must be sold on a quota the same as any other barley. To obtain a quota for his malting barley, the fanner must assign 50 acre-units to this crop with average yields, a one acre-unit produces the equiva- lent of one carlot of barley. The number of 50-acre units he is required to assign will de- pend upon the number of car- lots of malting barley he hopes to sell. If the barley does not qualify for malting, the acres assigned to it can be used for an ordi- nary barley quota. For the first time this year farmers toave to assign an acre- _ quota for rapeseed and flaxseed sold for domestic crushing, for rye sold for dis- tilling and for selected oats. Because quotas will be as- signed to wheat on the basis of the category into which it falls farmers will have to specify in their permit books the number of acres they are assigning to the categories that apply to them. The categories are Her cules durum, other durums soft white spring wheat, Alber ta winter wheat and all other wheats. Farmers growing low erucic acid rapeseed may assign acres to this specific type of rape- seed so that they can take ad vantage of special quotas to be allocated to it by the Canadian wheat board. "It is just one further step in the tightening of the cost price squeeze on Canadian farmers, which they can ill afford to ab- he said. The NFU has sent a formal letter of protest to the federal minister of transport, Don Ja- mieson, on the rate increase. tETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Winter wheat in the south DR. M. N. GRANT Wheat Specialist The good survival of winter wheat over the past two years will probably encourage more farmers to grow this crop in 1971 72. Winter wheat has many advantages as a crop for southern Alberta. Unless se- vere winter killing occurs it usually outyields spring wheat. With adequate fall growth it protects the soil against erosion and aids in wild oat control. Since it is seeded in the fall and harvested earlier than spring wheat the next year, it provides for wider seasonal dis- tribution of labor and use of machinery. Winterkilling and disease in- fection are the most important hazards associated with winter wheat production. Much can bs done to reduce these hazards by growing winterhardy varie- ties and following suitable cul- tural practices. The variety Minalta is sufficiently hardy for southern Alberta and has the added advantages of being resistant to shattering and hav- ing good milling quality. Winter wheat should be seed- ed into a firm seedbed and at as shallow a depth as possible while ensuring that the seed reaches moisture. Date of seed- ing is also very important. The Eirst two weeks in September is the recommended seeding time for southern Alberta. Earlier seeding greatly increases the chance of loss due to streak mosaic and root rot. Later seedings reduce the yield and increase the tendency to win terkill. A special situation exists in areas where cut worms have been forecast Here the recommended prac tice is to avoid disturbing the soil crust during August anc early September while the egg laying moths are flying. Na varieties of winter whea are resistant to the whea streak mosaic virus, but th disease can be controlled b proper cultural practices. Bot the virus and the mite that car rifis it need a continuous source of living host plants on wMc to survive; therefore, both ma be controlled by eliminatin the host plants before the fa crop is sown. Spring sown crops normally ripen and are harvested before the end a August, so winter wheat sown in September usually escapes infection. Volunteer wheat or barley can be a source o wheat streak mosaic virus an should be destroyed by cultiva tion of nearby strips prior to the seeding of winter wheat. Farm machinery sales up Farm machinery sales for the first four months of this year were up 55 per cent com- pared with the same period in 1970 but were still 20 per cent below the 1966 and 1967 levels for this period. According to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, estimated farm implement and equip- ment sales to million in the first four months of the year froir million dollars during the same period last year. Comparable figures for 1966 and 1967 were million and million. Farm machinery sales are commonly used as a baromet- er of the farm income situation. David Walker, marketing ec- onomist with Alberta economics division, credits the present up ward trend in machinery sale to improved grain sales an optimistic grain sale prospects He feels that farm machinery sales were below normal dur ing the last two years because farmers were holding on I their equipment longer tha usual, and the big upsurge ir sales this spring indicates the are now making up for los time. Normally only about 20 per cent of farm machinery sale1 take place in the spring. Mr. Walker said if presen prospects for a good crop ma erialize and sales and marke ing prospects continue to be f. vorable, the upward trend ui farm machinery sales will eon tinue for the balance of year. THE BIG AND SMALL OF IT Devon Smith, 10, son of Ken Smith, proprietor of Bridge Feeders Ltd. of Lethbridge, is all of 80 pounds but for the second year in a row he has shown a steer at the Fort Macleod Little Royal Cattle Show. The steer is 970 pounds and well under control of the skipper. Friday, July 30, 1971 THE LETHtKIDGE HEKAID HMHHHHMB WEEKEND SPECIALS at CENTRE VILLAGE A MARTENS COALDALE PRICES EFFECTIVE UNTIL CLOSING SATURDAY, JULY 31st! TURKEY BROILERS Canada Grade A 6 to 10 Ibs. Ib TABIE RITE RED BRAND CANADA CHOICE STEiR BEEP Rump Roast TABLE RITE RED BRAND CANADA CHOICE STEER BEEf lZ9 Prime Rib or 1 swain. BURNS PART SKINNED II Fully cooked, whole, shank half HamS or quarter TABLE RITE RED BRAND CHOICE STEER BEEF ROUND STEAK Ib. LIBBY KetCnUp 11 -oz. bottle 4 YORK FANCY ASSORTED PEAS OR Cream Corn 14 5 YORK CHOICE Strawberries 14 fio, tin 3 Peas or 2 TOP VALU STRAWBERRY JAM 1.19 Cashmere Tissue 6 ROM pack KRAFT Miracle jar CARNATION Evap. Milk '16 5 DEVON MEAT PIES 3 VARIETIES 8-oz. pkg. .00 41 CAN. NO.l Apriot or Peaches YORK APPLE JUICE 48 fl. 01. tin CENTRE VILLAGE AND MARTENS COALDALE Centre Village IGA Also Features FREE Delivery! WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES ;