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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE IE1HBRIOGE HERALD Thursday, March 30, 1972 Farm and ranch notes Labor negotiations vital get it By Ric Swihort say free advice and information often equals the amount paid for it, and apparently agricul- tural Alberta feels this is true. The Alberta department of agriculture extension division lias sponsored two major agro-information seminars the past month and the attedaiice has been appalling to say the least. The information from the experts in the field has been of excellent quality and the presentation has been exceptional in all cases. If I hear one more farmer or rancher say "I never heard of the meet- I'll be tempted to spill coffee on his boots. The grain handling seminar at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant was the prime example. In this day of high pressure in the grains industry, an ex- planation of the grain handling and transportation industry is needed so farmers can understand some of the problems inherent in the tasks. There was a grand total of 50 persons in the room. Of this total, maybe 15 per cent were the young, active fanners with a future ahead of them, the ones with the greatest need of the information. Agrama, the Lellibridge provincial seed fair and agricultural short course, was held at the Exhibition Pavilion. The first series of speakers were to deal with warble flies, the new provincial warble fly con- trol legislation and treatment. The new federal grad- ing system was also to be discussed. One man was enticed to slay for the warble fly lecture. One man! Needless to say, it was cancelled. Later at coffee, five men were told about the beet grading talk and they persuaded the speaker to go ahead with his discussion. During the same period, the district home eco- nomists had to cancel a homemaker's short course due to lack of interest. A talk on capital gains taxation and estate plan- ning was better-received, with about 90 people at- tending. But this is stil a crying shame when people could learn about something and save themselves a ]ot of grief later on. It would serve (he agricultural community right if the agencies which promote informational meet- ings would just liang in limbo for a time and let (he people scrounge for their own information. Calving operations are well on the way to peak production. There have been quite a few reports of calf losses dne to abortion or scours. The cold weather during late February ami early March took a toll also according to Steve Balog of Milk River. Charlie Banielt of the Del Bonita district reported one dead calf, but his heard was just starling to calve. Feed for cattle is now going for lop prices. The latest price for hay as ?40 in the southern Alberta region. Apparently there is not all that much to gn around so farmers and ranchers with a good supply are hanging on to it in case of emergency. The 3972 Lelhhridge spring bull sale is in the final planning stages. There will be 208 Hereford, J07 Aberdeen-Angus and two shorthorn bulls on offer. For the first lime, there will Ire an official from Die Canadian National Live Stock Records in atten- dance to transfer registration papers immediately after sale. Officials believe this will be a boon to the sale, especially for the U.S. buyers who have been holding back because of the added inconvenience of past years when they had to wait for as long as three weeks before they could collect their animals. Closing dates announced TJie esUiblislmicnt of a con- 1 miring committee for nil seg- ments of iho grain handling system (o sot guidelines for la- negotiations has been coll- ed for. Frank I la mi! ton. executive director of Palliser Wheat Growers Association, said here (hat labor, the grain industry, railway companies and jjovcrn- ment should sit down together once each month, He said it was suggested some time ago to Otto Lang, mi nis ter responsi ble for t ho Canadian wheat board, he act as an honest broker to mako the participants talk so there is at least a little bit of intelli- gence passing back and forth Tbis isn't the case right now, he said. Mr. Hamilton said Palliser is working closely with the long- shoremen. "We have hesitated In open any sort of conversa- tion with the grain handling union." When approached, following a full-scale union meeting, the longshoreni en welcomed Pa lli- ser's ideas about a 24-hour per day seven- day week for 1 ing ships. The union has taken the stand that the grain handling industry is way bnck in Uie Volvo sponsors diirk apes, thai it is an cight- hour, five-clay week operation, he said. The grain industry lias gat to solve this labor prolilcm, ho sa id, The rail way sy stem and the grain industry can't be me.slicd as far as hours of op- eration. This is a basic problem, lie salcl. "Palliser lias hesitated get- ting into the labor thing any more but I think we're going he said. "CertjiinJy the longshoremen would welcome some sort of communication with produc- ers." The grain handling unions in the United States, following tha disastrous 100-day strike, will exempt grains from any future strikes. It is time somebody in the industry tried to wring the same concession out of the workers at the west const. "I think they arc ready for that sort of move right he said. Herbicides control aquatic plants A.B. Bolinder-Munktell, an agricultural and industrial machinery manufacturing sub- sidiary of the Volvo group of Sweden, is in Lclhbridge for this week with a unique travel- ling service school bus. Located at Canadian Co-op Implements Ltd. in North Lethbridge for one week, the bus is manned to two factory service representatives. Thty instructed seven southern Al- berta mechanics in the BM- Volvo lines, handled by CCIL-. The crew, Per Vieweg and Ian Lines, both from the fac- tory centro in Eskilstuni, Swe- den, held an open house at the CCIL location, "ai4 31st St. N. The bus arrived in Canada from Sweden in September, J97L. Mr. Vieweg and Mr, Li n will complete their work in Calgary, The bus will then complete Alberta and then .slnrt back lo Halifax for ship- ment in June. The bus has been on courses In the Middle East and North Africa and has been in all countries in Europe four limes. Valued at the bus is a complete educational facility with audio-visual equipment, charts, complete line cf cut- away sample ports and acces- sory parts needed in the demonstration work during tno course. The classroom in the bus accommodate-.1; 12 students with liide-away desks. Mr. Lines stresses tractor mechanics while Mr. Vieweg works with the combine lines. By DR. J. R. ALLAN, Plant Physiologist Control of sirbmergent aqua- tic plants depends on selecting the correct herbicide and apply- ing it when the aquatic plants are most susceptible. Because bodies of water differ in chem- ical opulent, oarc must be ta- ken to use a herbicide that is compatible with the water tn be treated. Those plants spread, from one aquatic environment lo another by seeds produced in true flow- er heads, which usually extend isbove the water surface. Once tJie plants have become lished, 75 per cent of the subse- quent infestation is by vegeta- tive structures, such as" tubers, runners, or thickened tips of the branches. These structures are resistant to the herbicides and, although the current year's growth may be killed, they will over winter to produce new plants the following year. It is therefore important th at the herbicide be applied soon after plant growth begins. Endothal, a contact herbicide, available as a liquid or gran- ular formulation for Uie control of coontail, water milfoil, stone- worls, sago pondweed, and Email-leaved pondweed. A cyclone seeder may be used to scatter granular endothal over the area to be treated. The liquid formulation should be di- luted with 10 gallons of dean water per acre and un- itorwater just above Die grow- ing tips of plants. Swimming should not be al- lowed in the treated water for 24 hours after application. Do not use the water for irriga- tion, livestock, domestic pur- poses, or agricultural spraying for seven days after treatment. Diiiron, a systemic herbicide, may be used to control pond- wKcls, coontail, water milfoil, walcr plantain, and most other rooted aquatic plants. The her- bicide should be applied early in Hie season before dense growth appears. Diiawi is not for partial treatment of large ponds or ponds with a significant flow- tlirough. Water treated with di- m-on must not be for roan consumption but may be used safely for livestock. Do not use treated water for irrigation for one year. Do not apply di- uron to ponds having desirable sbrubs or trees on or near Uie shoreline. IKquat, a non volatile, fast- acting contact herbicide, is available in liquid, form. It con- trols coontail, water milfoil, Canada waterweed, sago pond- weed, water plantain, and mare's-tail. This herbicide is effective in still or very slowly moving wa- ter and controls susceptible platstfi within two weeks after treatment. Diquat should be ap- plied when tbo plants arc ing but before the growth be- comes so dense tha t a tjplifu- tion would be difficult. The her- bicide slwuld be diluted with 10 to 15 gallons of clean water per acre an d injccted urn'orwater at a level jitst above the grow- ing lips of the plants. Water should not bo used for at least 24 hours af'er treat- ment with for swim- ming or for human or animal consumption. Also, tlie water should not be used for irriga- tion for at least five days after treatment. As always, restrictions and r aics of application a R indi- cated on the label must be fol- lowed. In Alberta n permit from department of the environ- ment, Edmonton, must bo ob- tained prior to treatment. TI10 C.T nadi a n v. he.'i t. board has advised that dates bavc for the closing of Mime non- Rmiulative g r a i n delivery quota. The closing dnies .ITT-: barley A and E May S; wheat A and B quotas May ]2; and durum A quota Mny Tliosc elates give producers five oek.s in which to romplnlc (heir deliveires under UKse quotas. CHOICE STEERS UP Alborla marketed Choice steers directly to pack- ing plants in January this year, up from last ycnr. This a cooimteO for nearly half of Canada's choice steers, Calendar of farm events April 3-7 Granmn Horse Care and Hoof Trimming .Short Course April 5 Nanton Horticultural Seminar (cont'd) April 5-6 Lclhbridge Spring Bull Show and Sale April 6 Cardslon Tree Fnrit Day and Pruning Demon- stration Anril 11-12 TxHhhridge Southern Alberta Swine Show and Sale April J2 Nanton Horticultural Seminar (concluded) April 17 Fort Maclcod Pruning Day (SheHerbelt, Land- scope and Fruit Trees) April 22 Brooks Conception to Consumer Field Day (Beef) (Lakeside Feeders) April 26-27 Lethbridgc Regular Meeting Alberta Broiler Growers Marketing Board (Growers in- vited to visit Board on 26th in private discussions on problems) April 20 Calgary .Southern Region 4-H Public Speaking finals ;