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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE TWO SUPPLEMENT OF THE LCTIlSftTDGE .HERALD SATURDAY, MAY Agricultural Development in the Lethbridge District Has Proceeded Rapidly Along the Proper Lines Ranching Quickly Superceded by Wheat Farming, for Which District is Famous Farming is Rapidly Coming into Farming and Tree Growing Have Proved Successful as nothing EI retell ot ranching Southern Alberta was, done by the process of cultivation save n great j ami conservation of moisture hnown country overjas dry Lethbndctt was the which roamed vast herds at ciuui. i scene of the bts Iniornationul Dry the average yields taken over large eliards which aro raiitilly. crowing UP areas havo been almost as 'large 'as in the district, is fast proving to be, the average uifcen on only small areas, so that it is be estimated that is not so many years ago that the j Farming Congress in 19U'. and at the avonige of bushels yiven above transition from ranching to farming that congress at which 1000 or more con be taken as a fair mark of Die began to occur. and the cattle delegates were in attendance, the ex- j fiveratre yield nf wheat this y over all of Southern Alberta. "Included ill this compilation as it is often termmi, the garden snot position of products was ihe most amazing that lias ever been ranges began to givs way to wheat fields. Now the transition from wheat to mixed farming is taking j witnessed in the west, place. Letbiiriuge is the centre of Farmers throughout, the entire dis- what for the past six or eight years j trict havs, evidenced a sincere desire has been knowa as the greatest lo mate a study of dry meth- wheat growing area In Alberta. Grad- ually the farmers, particularly since the advent of irrigation, are coruin. of tlie prairies. One of the factors which has contributed to this rapid development along the tree-planting lino is. the Mitchell Nurseries, six miles east of the city, ompilation is j The Mitchell Nurseries were estab- _____............ ____ which yielded I lished in ]all by Arch. Mitchell, a big bushels: another of iin. which I lanky Scot, who has made a life-long yielded 33 bushels; one of UHl which'study of forestry, was at one time in one area of SOU acres yiyldi'tl GO: another of 820, which .save tU bushels, and one of which ods and many of them have not only been able to grow wheat extensively gave ?l' bushels." and successfully but also to introduce the realization that wheat farming mixell forming ou a paying basis, alone does BOt always pay, that mix-j LiWe llo he success of dry fane than to quote from the annual roport of the But wheat farming been of (rade of mi.f ed farming the only real basis of' on t Listing prosperity. oped on a huge scale in the Leth- bridge district, and there are farm- ers in the district today whose names are synonymous vrlth great grain, crops. In another column in this supplement will he found detail- ed statements of what has been done in the wheat line. The development of the agricul- tural industry, which is really the basic Industry of the Lethhridge dis- trict Is rapidly advancing from mere j farming to mixed farming. Far- mers are beginning to collect about thorn, herds of horses, cattle, also pigs, fiheBi, chickens and other signs of a healthy development. During the past fevr years the growth of mixed farming has bean really wonderful It Is no uncommon tale nowadays to hear of farmers' wives who make the farm expenses every year from their reporting on the farming operations of 1915, which is commonly now-spok- en of as Southern Alberta's biggest year The grain crops having been light iu 1914, farmers devoted themselves resolutely to the preparation of large arceages for the 1915 crops: and con- tinued to do so on the opening up of spring. Shortly alter seeding timely d fell, and there wera Your secretary pent, t'tuniirios lo a list of fanners taken at random, and from a compilation of ihe returns handed in so far it is found that the average yields farms are: Bus. per acre Spring wheat on summer fallow...............? 50 Spring wheat on spring plowing SS Spring wheat, general av- erage "14 Oats 77 Vi Barley As to the highest yields recorded, A FARM NEAR LETHBRIDGE the employ of the Dominion govern- ment Forestry Branch, and of, the provincial government. H.e was laugh-j ed ut often for his efforts to start a i nursery, but lie lias a habit of smiling; quietly to Iilmselt and pursuing his j aims, lie has pursued them with such! success that the Mitchell Nurseries; have already justified their -existence and proven to the people of the d''s-j trict that nor only wonders but absol- ute miracles can be wroxight when a little study and perserverance is ex- ercised. The nurseries, one hundred and ten acres of trees, flowers and fruits, standing out on the bald prairie, is a j sight not to be seen every day iu the and butter and cheese. It is be- j began to come in, and it coming a regular story. The district is really ideal for this development especially as the irrigated districts are being extended. Making Good. The Lethbridge district Is honey- combed with settlers from the United States and other countries who have made good even beyond their best dreams. Most of tie American far- mers of course, farm on a big scale. Few have not heard of the great Noble farms north of Lethbridge, long spells of cool wei weather, which caused the young plants to stool out with 2. strong and healthy root j growth. Favorable weather condit- ions prevailed all through the grow-' ing season, so that towards harvest time there were predictions of fairly heavy yields. But when the harvest- ing and then the threshing operations were proceeding the actual yield ;rad- dawned upon us that this region j of Western Canada was breaking all previous records for grain production for any area of considerable size ou the American continent. From act- ual crop rsturns from farms iu the district, 'the Lethbridge Herald reported as follows in their is- sue of Nor. 10, "An 'average tof .53 bushels acre of wheat from the threshing re- turns of 107 farms in Southern Alber- ta, adjacent to Lethbridge, is shown where the Noble Brothers, who came I a compilation of reports received from authentic sources by the Herald from the Dalrotas a few years ago, have three great. farms where last year they raised 120 and 130 bushels of oats to the acre, and from 50 to 60 bushels of Marquis wheat per acre. Few also have not heard ot ihe Miami j: since threshing commenced. la a good many cases these returns include the threshing of the entire crops, out in several cases the yields are given only small areas, which, how- farm south of .Lethbridge, and of s-je.ver- slve. some indications of the average, yield throughout. Invariably dozen others in. the immediate dis- .trict which could be named. There is the story too the .American woman woo carao up from the State.3 last year, purchased a farm near Leth- bridge, and, managing the whole affair herself, cleared on her Investment, What the Doing. The governments both Dominion and 'Provincial, are accomplishing wonders in their work for the educat- ion of the farmers. The Dominion Ex- perimental Station at Lethbridge has been established for years, and has 3one great things for the advance- ment o" the industry and for the experiments in T-arious branches of ,farimns. Their chief experiments have been with irrigated fanning, but they have shown, wonders in dry land 'farming, and even In fruit growing. The existence! of this station at Letn- bridge is of inestlmabla value to the tanners of the district who annually take excursions to the farm to obtain instruction. The provincial government system of agricultural schools through the province, is now acknowledged to be the best on the whole continent. The schools are easily accessible to any son or daughter of a farmer, are placed at convenient centres, and are filled to capacity every term. The course for the boys Is a three year course, after which he Is fitted to do anything on a farm in a proper and cdcniifia way. Each term lasts dur- ing the winter only five montns. .Connected with these schools are also demonstration farms where val- uable, work is carried on. The Dominion government is also vaiuable worlc on experimental plots they have established through- out tho Lethbridge district, where, they demonstrate the rotation of crops and other features of crop growing. Dry Land Farming whilo irrigation is rapidly Ua- Teloping In the Lethbridge district, the district has been known as a "dcy farming" district, and has proved that gome wonderful things can bt> {and none of these are included !n the above) these are wheat 74 bush- els, and oats 127 bushels per acre. The highest yield for barley, bush- els, did not show up so strikingly, for the barley was mostly sown late, and on the spring plowed land. Success of Nurseries The Lethbridge as is shown by the park scenes ..in the-city itself, and by the gardens and or- west, and is -something that never fails to Impress the visitor as ieing well pleasing 'to the eye, and at the same time a valuable object lesson of what raay( be doue witiT.a little eiiort on every farm in the country, j .The usual lines of hardy plantation j and ornamental trees are grown, witli a large assortment of all the shrubs and perennial flowers found hardy In the west, so that there is every portunity for any one to all (COXTIXUED OS IRRIGATION SUPPLY. LATERAL. OX iMcARTHUU-FAltiMAT COALDALE, near LETHBRIDGE We Are How I By the increase in volume of business. Try a package of our 40c or 50c Teas and Coffees. Order from Your Grocer. We Will You will be a Satisfied Perman- ent "Donalco" Tea and Coffee user. Co. Ltd. Packers "Donalco" Food Products Every Package Guaranteed Is Recognized as the Highest.. Quality Product on the Market Eastern and Western buyers and jobbers say .that our .Macaroni .is acknowledged to be superior to any imported brands. We would also point Out that our packages contain 15 oz., while there are only 12.oz: in packages ol' imported Macaroni. 50 DIFFERENT VARIETIES 3 oz. MORE IN PACKAGES ALSO IT IS LEADING IN QUALITY As local stores do not carry all our 50 these are now on display in the windows al: these stores: II. A. McKILLOP CO, THE GOOD CO. Wo invite investigation. See the showing during the next fcw; days and when you select the brand you prefer, ask your grocer for this variety. MARINARO MACARONI CO. LcthbrMfe, Alberta. ;