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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta I 26-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, March 5, 1974 Old tree on last limb BISHOP, Calif. (AP) The world's oldest tree is on its last limbs. Methuselah, a old bristlecone pine, looks more dead than alive. Less than 10 per cent of its surface is clothed with bark and many branches are stripped of pine needles. But it clings to life and may survive "many centuries, maybe even a other said Dr. C. W. Ferguson of the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. In the chipped rock soil just below the timber line in the White Mountains here, the bristlecone oldest known living out a spare existence. The treps seldom exceed 30 feet in height on the bleak, and slopes and many are twisted grotesquely by cen- turies of blistering winds. How do they live so long? They seem to have struck a deal with death, abandoning small branches, then bigger ones and finally most of the trunk for a few more centuries of life. Fertile "We call it longevity under Ferguson said. "Figuratively speaking, they learn to live with their environment. They realize their limitations and cut back. "When the tree dies back it says to its environment, 'You don't have to support this much, but let's continue with what's left.'" Despite their gaunt appearance, Ferguson said, "all of the living trees still produce fertile cones and viable seeds." He said there are probably 100 bristlecone pines more than years old. The more famous giant sequoias are only about years at the oldest. The lack of oxygen and the sparse ground cover help protect the bristlecones from fire, Ferguson said. By studying dead bristle- cones, Ferguson has put to- gether a chronology dating back years. One sidelight of his chronology is the discovery that radiocarbon dating is not completely accurate. "A radiocarb year fluctuates slightly compared with our calendar Ferguson said. He said that discovery has caused historians to revise their story of European prehistory. Ro-Neet controls weeds _ _ Selective Herbicide for better sugar beet yields There's no better way to control weeds in sugar beets than to use Ro-Neet herbicide before planting. Mix Ro-Neet in the soil field-wide and control weeds in the rows and in the middles as well. Ro-Neet works on weeds rain or shine. It's mixed right in the soil in the weed germination zone where it destroys weeds as they sprout. You don't have to wait for rain or Jrrigate to make it work. With clean fields from the start, thinning and blocking are easier. And less expensive. Liquid Ro-Neet 7.2E is easy to use. Ro-Neet controls nightshade, barnyard- grass, wild oats, pigweed, foxtails and many other troublesome weeds. For bigger beet yields and easier harvest, get Ro-Neet now. Always follow label directions carefully. Stauffer Chemical Company of Canada, Ltd., Montreal and Vancouver. Distributed in Canada by: Cttlpman Limited Beloeil, P.O., Hamilton, Winnipeg Ag-Expo courses aid understanding The short courses at Ag-Expo inform the farmer what's happening in agriculture. "There is a fantastic demand all across North America for farm says Doug Card, chairman of the Ag-Expo committee. Suppliers don't know if they will have all the equipment to meet the demand. The short courses will discuss this getting the distributors point of view and letting the farmer know what he can expect. The short courses will also look at things such as moisture. They will discuss how much moisture to expect this spring and summer and whether or not additional or less irrigation will be needed. Here list of short courses slated for the Exhibition Pavilion Wednesday through Friday: Wednesday between and p.m. Dr. Roy Berg, department of animal science University of Alberta, Edmonton, will speak on crossbreeds and exotics, how they fit into a commercial cattle herd program and which breeds should be used for different herds. Between 3 and 4 p.m. Jim Lore, vice president of Farm and Ranch Management in Calgary, will speak on the meat market outlook, what has been happening and what will happen in 1974. Thursday, p.m. Kelly, general manager of Canadian Farm and Industrial Institute in Toronto, will look at the farm machinery crisis and whether it is real. Friday, to p.m. John Channon, chairman of the Alberta Grain Commission, will discuss what is happening to the cereal and oilseed market. 3 to 4 p.m. Henry Van Der Pluym, soil specialist for Alberta Agriculture, will discuss white alkali (soil salinity) and what can be done about it in 1974. Make friends with your world on a John Deere Bicycle New John Deere Bicycles for the whole famiiy are at our store now. Sporty 10-Speeds. Sparkling white 5-Speeds. 3-Speeds in Deere green. And popular 20-inch high-rise models for boys and girls. Your world gets instantly happier when you ride a bicycle. Stop in our store today for a close look. McKAY BROS. Farm Implements Ltd. 3214 5th Avtnitt, N., Phont 327-5512 or 327-2043 ;