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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta inc LcinBHiuut HERALD May 1974 Succession troubles family farmers Que. us be assured of reasonable prices for our products and the problem of passing on the family farm will no longer exist. young person who wants to take over the family farm has long second thoughts when he sees the social advantages of other guaranteed salary and leisure time. SENCOR Herbicide Gets lough weeds in potatoes SENCOR will also provide some control of couchgrass and yellow nutsedge When other herbicides let grass or broadleaf weeds or when infestation is extra heavy call on SENCOR Apply it... Pre-emerge Early post-emerge on early red-skinned Both ways No pre-mixmg Moderate agitation Doesn't stain skin Doesn t stain clothing When you need 'Good Stuff for tough weed order SENCOR Wettable Powder from your supplier Barnyardgrass Fall panicum Foxtail Lambsquarter Lady's thumb Pigweed RESPONSEability to you and nature. CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 Cily Cenlre Drive Mississauga Ontario on the farm we have long hours of often seven days a for a lower income than city The comments come from a farmer in his 50s in the Beauce region south of Quebec City. His two grown sons have left the farm to work in the city. The farmer has 55 milk cows and considers himself lucky that his sons come home to lend a hand on weekends because he says it would be difficult to pay the salary of a hired hand Soviet crop report WASHINGTON Reports of planting troubles in the Soviet Union this spring are not cause for concluding that the country soon may be on the prowl again for huge quantities of United States say agriculture department experts. The Soviet news media said recently bad weather and inefficiency on the farms have caused delays in planting grain crops for harvest later this year. Roger who specializes in communist country agriculture for the department's economic research said the reports are not particularly alarming. Given a break in the Soviet farmers still might catch he said. the leading Communist party said planting delays have occurred partly because of a cold and rainy spring. It also chided Soviet farmers for mismanagement. As of April the newspaper only 41.7 million or 16 per cent of the intended had been planted. A year 107.2 million acres had been planted. The Soviet Union then went on to harvest a record grain crop of 222.5 million metric tons of wheat and other a dramatic comeback from 1972 when poor weather and other problems reduced the crop to 168 million tons. the Soviets quietly negotiated with U.S. traders in mid 1972 to buy more than 400 million bushels of one fourth of the crop that year. Reduced harvests elsewhere sent many other countries into the-U.S. resulting in a record export boom and soaring grain prices. Euler said it is apparent from news reports that there is a in Soviet planting this compared with the last two Vears. without appreciably cutting into his income. The problem of succession in family farms appears increasingly disquieting to everyone interested in with the possible ex- ception of the Quebec agriculture department. A senior official of that department suggests that there is no need to the situation. According to 900 to new farms must be established to maintain the current level of agricultural production and in 1973 the Quebec department granted loans for this purpose. In said the the provincial government plans to introduce a bill soon in the Quebec national assembly to regulate the use of ag- ricultural land. Through the planned arable land and abandoned livestock farms would be reclaimed distributed with special incentives to take up farming. Another step the official is an increase in the ceiling on farm loans to from In the farmers have raised various crops and several types of livestock. They could live for with a herd of 20 milk cows. the farmer is gradually moving toward specialization and he needs at least 35 to 40 milk cows to hope for a reasonable income. Single crop Many have abandoned mixed farming in favor of a single crop or livestock operation on a larger scale. That kind of operation re- quires more modern and more costly machinery as well as greater manpower. For farmers working medium-sized farms without hired a superhuman effort is often required to make ends meet over the year. An Eastern Townships farmer said he couldn't without doing his own repairs on machinery and labor supplied by his sons. He said mechanics com- mand a high salary and farm labor won't work for less than the minimum wage of an hour. he think that if our young people don't want to step if they go to the it's a situation that could continue for a long time. through the coun- tryside and you won't see many young people on the farms. It's They have to invest too much money to take over the farm and they go into debt for This was a man about 50 years old whose words re- flected the opinions of many farmers who sorrowfully say they are watching the slow disappearance of the family farm. WES-T-RAVEL TRAILERS Travelling Choose from 14 and 17 foot Models in your choice of interior equip- ment Camping SN and Price Them Now At JENSEN WELDING P.O. Box Alberta Phone 223-2544 FARMERS and RANCHERS look what's new at... MARINER HOMES Mariner Modular Homes CMHC Approved 962 sq.ft. to 1248 sq.ft. Available in basement and non-basement models Choice of seven exterior finishes Two and three bedroom floor plans 100 amp service Pre-finished kitchen cupboards Carpets in living room hallway and master bedroom Asphalt shingles over plywood roof insulation. Thermopane front window if panelling or Gyproc or panelling interior walls. Also available Built-in Fireplace Carport Air Conditioning Priced per sq. ft. F.O.B. 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