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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta The Letfabrulge Daily Herald. Saturday. May 13 SUNNYSIDE LONNQUIST-MASON CO. "On The Square" Phone 538 INCREASE IN ACREAGE OF ALBERTA'S CROPS Bulletin Issued By Department Of Agri- culture Tells Of Acreage and Con dition Of Crops Open Evenings Crop Bulletin No. 7 issued May 1C by the provincial department of Agri- cultural The Department has received re- ports from its crop correspondents dat- ed May 1st, respecting the condition and acreage of winter wheat, the acre- age seeded this spring to other grains, and that under timothy and alfalfa and planted sugar beets. It is estimated from these returns that the total acre- age under crop in the Province this season is an increase of 27 per cent, over 1909. A great deal of interest at this time of year centres around 'the acreage and condition of winter wheat. The Department is ame to report that a large amount of the wheat has winter-1 ed well. Notwithstanding the loss spoken of at length below, many cor- respondents from different parts of the Province report crop as "first "looking and say that it came .the winter in good condi- tion.' it is very satisfactory to find, after making allowance for fields re- seeded this spring, that under this crop ia 26 per cent, greater than 'that harvestel last year. It is also grat ifying to notice that the cultivation of winter wheat is being steadily extend- ed over the whole of the settled por- tion of 'the Province, though the great bulk of the crop is still grown to the south of the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. There has been considerable loss during the winter and spring, amount- ing, the Department estimates, to about 30 yer cent, of the area sown. Precipitation last year, except In a few districts, was below the average. The snowfall last winter was light and in some parts much of what fell was dry and drifted off the fields. An ng bared the land to wind and sun, causing an imus.ual degree of evaporation before sufficient growth s of .Throughout the Pincher Creek trict, where the rainfall of last year was at least normal, -the condition of winter wheat is almost .uniformly re- ported "good" and on summer fallows "excellent" southward of that district 'to the boundary, and again northward along the foothills, west of the line of the Macleod-Calgary railway the ioss is not so great as eastward on the prau-io. Proceeding northward from Calgary, it is again noticed that as one approaches those districts in which the moisture-retaining humus increase, th-> percentage of loss decreases. It is worthy of note that where win- ter-killing is most general, a small pro- portion of the fields is reported to be, in good shape. Ordinarily, these fields are summer-fallows where moisture! Has been carefully stored. Other things being equal, wheat sown in July has' through better than that: sown alter.- As this has also been true in >ast years, an increasing number of 'armors acting on this experience are endeavoring to finish their'fall seeding it. an earlier date than formerly. The abundant rains that fell from the 9th to the 14th inst., over the country rrom Red Deer south to the] .international boundary, will save large areas of winter wheat that .were be- ginning to fail. Doubtless many fields in that part of the Province which to- day are thin, will stool out and with moisture had been stored and on which the plant had made si good start in the fall, were prepared for so prolonged a period of drought. Added to this there 'were this spring a number of severe not decide hastily to re-seed of wheat-that have been winter-killed Experiennce has shown that in this Province under favorable conditions a return of from twenty to twenty-five acre may he reaped froiv which the loss during wintei to even fifty cent Spring Wheat Unlike the spring of 1909, farmers were able get on ;their land very early this year. With the opportunity to prepare a large acreage and to sovv early it was to be expected that prices being high, there would be a very marked increase in the area devoted to ;pring wheat. It is not surprising therefore to find that a total of acres has been seeded, an increase of 51 per cent, over 1909. The increase in acreage sown to oats is ;not so marked as in the case Recruits Wanted For the 25th Battery of Can- adian Field Artillery to attend camp in Calgary, June 14-2G. the battery have practices every evening at the City Market commencing at 7.30 o'clock. 1) Twenty teams for gun horses for the 25th Battery of the fn.-idfaii Field Artillery. F.ull particulars ,wiU .be furnished upon application to Major Stewart. of spring and winter wheat, being only 10 per cent, greater than that harvest- ed in 1909. It must be borne in mind however, that the area of last year was enormous, being 61 per cent more than in 190S per cent greater than in 1907. The spring of 1909 prov- ing backward, farmers sowed to oats much land that had been intended for spring wheat and this area was further unexpectedly increased by the re-seed- ing to oats proportion of those fields of fall-sown wheat that had been ber of homestead entries reported monthly grows at a surprising rate Irrigated lands in the C. P. Railway block at Calgary and the A. R j Co. holding at Lethbridge, as well as non-irrigable lands offered for sale at these points and elsewhere in the Pro- vince, are being quickly disposed of Just as large an addition as the manu- facturers can possibly supply will be made to the steam plowing outfits which are busily at work in different parts Province- gc reported under cul- tivation in this year, -next spring there will be reported an increase over this again very much greater still. Below is a tabulated estimate based upon the returns from correspondents of the acreage in crop to the various the Province in 1910, also the acreage for timothy, alfalfa and sugar of oats and the fact that a part of last year's crop is still in the farmer's hands, have also had an influence in keeping the.acreage down. The amount.of land sown to barley shows an increase of 30 per cent, over 1907. The high prices secured for hogs and beef cattle for some time past have doubtless led to the setting aside of so liberal a proportion of land for the production of; ahis .useful: feed ;rain. Timothy An increase of 53 per cent, in the acreage 01 timothy shows a decision on the part of many farmers not to be dependent on the growing of grain nmoui; alone and also to adopt a healthful'! Alfalfa rotation of crops. Prices for timothy Sugar Beets hay in the larger towns have been good and.with a yield of two tons or more per acre, many farmers find that they .get as large returns from thno- i thy as from grain. ot manslaughter In the Hackensack Court, and Judge Demerest fined him beets. Winter Wheat Spring''Wheat Oats......... Barley Flax ?500 and costs. Trehou, a Passaic high school- stu-' 'lent, met his death In a fight arrang- ed with all the ceremonies of'a-prize ring battle by a SCOre of other boys Neiiaer of the combatants weighed- 100 pounds. The Court said that it recognized the fact that the victim was equally guilty of violating the law, and there' was doubt among the physocians as to the exact cause of Trehou's death. Judge Demerest said he blamed the older persons who urged the boys on and had arranged the fight, and he- fined James Dwyer, the referee, ?5oo About'twenty schoolboys, who were spectators at the contests, were fined l-'5. The boys were all placed in charge of a probation officer for one year. r, Rye. Timothy........... GOO 415 Total THE WORLD'S RECORD. St. Thomas, Ont., May world's record was broken yesterday on tiie Michigan Central railway, by the fastest time made, for long'dis- tance run, special trains of 12" coaches each, carrying the Brother- hood of Locomotive Engineers from Detroit to Niagara Falls. The first" train ran the 224 miles from river to river without a stop in 224 minutes, and the second in still better time ''17 minutes. navmg been com- For Taking Part R Pleted early farmers are 9 Fata! [Planing to break a larger area than j New York May '7 r l '1UC P> R' and C' N- R- wiu'have has been possible for several Demonstrations on Past. The stream nf r...... l J-, who en- on their lines npvf seeD >eror ,The. nmn. on their lines next month.' Geo. Buchanan, of Brockville, was severely burned by'a gasoline explo- sion on his motor boat. About Halley' FORT GEORGE FARMS We arc "selling tlic above in 5 acre blocks al the sinali price of per acre; i oi the vei'Y host >.r PCP "'Oil111' 5 (i a sk yourself the question -iru; .viMirseu me quest ion. Wi, rich quick scheme but honest, sound speculation. Local Representatives Room 12 Armstrong Block, Calgary J ;