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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 4, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE EIGHT THE LETHMRIDGK DAILY HERALD > OF INTEREST TO THE FARMER PROBLEMS OF THE IRRIGATION FARMERS (Some Niita lo Crack by the V. K. A., by S. S. Duntyim, Ex Vicc-rres.) The render will notfco ihal our heading ts chnngotl n llitlo this weel:. This letter is iiddrpsscd to lhi> farm- *�>: ? �> > c ' .> ? : adly contaminated, l.a.^t year, the writer in passing along one of these fields at this time of the year, took tlie matter up witii the minister of agriculture, but upon passing those those fields a month later we founu the weed matured aird nothing had been done. We again wrote the minister and immediately he sent a man to coi\ibat the problem but nnforiu-iintely it was too late to do any material good. We urged the depart meul to get in touch w,ith tlit Local I'.K'.-V.'s. and to co-operate with them in an eUJ fort lo prevent the sjiread of the' pest, but so far we have heard of nothing being done. It behooves every irrigation fanner in this district, who have the interest and welfare of the districr at^ heart to get busy. Write to the mii'iister of agriculture and insist that llie water to in-igate your farms be clear from this most dangerous )>est. no not wail for the other jellow, do it today. Call meetings of 'lie organization, and pas.^ resolutions ; also. The matter is urgent and if;' nothing U done it will soon be too late. Second, Large tracts of irrigated lauU^are being brought under cultlva- to ,s. What we are payingfor -o n,,e i ^^^.^^jl^ '^^^^^^'l^T'^ our demands known in no uncertain � way? whole field will soon be affected, , ral.�0) whereas Germany is paying German farmora I'only l'7l) marks a ton tor rye and 2!)0 tinurka a ton tor wheat. _Tlio Oormau farthers ob|net to the payment of those high prices ami the Ukraine farmers s\'\\\ not sell for less. For this reason the German and food from the.Ukraine and Rumania and a \new opposition to the use ot supplies from the farmer country had developed among German fanners. According to the agreement' between can be practiced. They should bo accompanied on all soils subject to blowing by the general policy of leaving on the land ami incorporating with the soil the maximum ot straw and stubble. .The plowing under of a crop with matted roots will have an additional value in preventing blowing, because ot the binding power ot the roots. Freshly liirnert sod acta similarly, and. therefore, newly broken sod lauds in the semi-arid secUons are usually comparatively free from blowing for the first two or three years. Thinly sown grasses and similar crops are sometimes ot value as nurse crops, because of this binding iiower of their roots." The second and more generally useful method is the roughening of the surface. If a field is in