Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, May 29, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IS Ric SWIHART That big tap in the sky final- ly squeeked open over South- ern Alberta, pouring life-giv- ing moisture on thousands of acres of land. Urban residents can't really go through what a fanner goes through during a dry year be- cause of the relatively small yards and that ever-present ur- ban water supply. Turn a tap and those tuhps are instantly But Mr. Farmer has a dif- ferent problem How do you move a 50-foot soaker sprinkler across a piece of laud one mile square? This problem is multi- plied simply because of the shortage of water throughout the majority of Southern Al- berta. Farmers on Alberta's irriga- tion land are in the most ideal situation in agriculture. They can apply water to then: crops at will, time their seeding pro- grams to the time the irriga- tion districts start water mov- ing in the systems and can be assured bc'ier yields than the neighbor without irrgation. This of course follows only if all other factors remain con- stant. They don't and this is what makes farming such a gamble. If an urban resident has a crop failure, his dozen tomato plants, two rows of peas and bmall patch corn really doesn't amount to much. But the farmer doesn't plow, seed and harvest as a hobby or just to have a few fresh vege- tables on the table It is strictly business and if he is successful, the family can eat, drink and be merry like other citizens. If he isn't successful, he hasn't got a union to pay the rent, food bill and living allow- ance. And to a great degree, it is the weather which deter- mines whether the farmer eats, drinks and is merry or whether he just ekes out an existence. So the next time the sky clouds over and a rainfall 'spoils'' a planned outing, think of your rural neighbor. Be- cause, in Southern Alberta, as agriculture goes economically, so goes die rest of the area. The labor situation again is plaguing agriculture. The sugar beet growers are busy applying for workers through the agri- cultural manpower office These native workers, combined with an anticipated addi- tional e workers who come into Sou'hem Alberta on then- own and college and high school students should limit problems Dairy farmers are happy with the provincial government's as- sistance programs to help them increase productivity. But the old labor problems are sneak- ing in the back door to take some of the shine off of the low or no-interest loans. Like one fellow said, "Why should we sink thousands of dol- lars into animals, equipment and buildings just so we can work morning, noon and night for seven days a And a good majority of the job seekers are thinking along the same lines. Today is the day for a few hours o work and a lot of hours of fun and play. Another farmer said the ag- ricultural industry could be the most atractive in Canada if it could be operated like any busi- ness which works 9 a.m. to 5 p m has weekends off and en- tails very httle capital invest- ment. I think farming has been de- veloped to this way of life for a reason. With such a tough row to hoe, only the tough sur- vive And the tough are the ones who can make a success of farming if anyone can It appears irrigation farmers are m trouble Because of a good crop last year and the present dry conditions, many farmers are wanting to expand their equipment but can't supplies are just not there. But in this instance, it is the farmer who is to blame. Irrigation equipment is an ex- pensive proposition at any time and it isn't reasonable for a dealer to be expected to stock thousands of dollars worth, es- pecially when he might be stuck with it for another year. The farmer has to plan fur- ther ahead tlian the next week This means contacting the Al- berta irrigation division of the provincial department of agri- culture and planning the irriga- tion winch can be designed to fill the bill. Then the order has to be made with the irrigation equip- ment dealer in the fall so the equipment can be ready to as- semble in the spring when it is needed Tins iype of thoughtlessness reminds me of Jock, that can- ine companion of this reporter for almost 16 years, when he tackles a can of dog food He sees the can, drools, and then gobbles all lie cai get his mouth around. He never thinks of the next meal. LABELLING There is a new approach to pestic'de labelling in Canada Pesiticides must now be spec- ifically labelled for domestic and commeicial use, and some will be restricted in sale This is in accordance with the new pesticide regulations winch came into effect in Can- ada in November Battery Rentd? You can now rent your bct- tery needs for any seasonal equip, for any 4 month sea- son EXAMPLE New 12 volt 70 A.M. New 6 volt 105 A.H. S6.00 LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217-12 ST. "B" SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA UlESTinCHOUSE WESTINGHOUSE LAUNDRY PAIR FREE BONUS WITH LAUNDROMAT Hand wash agitator Usually an extra-cast item It's free during this sale only. Ends hand washing forever. FREE BONUS WITH DRYER Non-tumbling drying rack. Usually an extra- cost option; free for this only Driei cneaken, shoes, buckled belts etc., quietly without tumbling. Removable. Pictured above on the left and right is Mr. and Mrs. Enns of Coaldale receiving congratulations from Mike Miskulin, centre of Smith's Color TV and Appliances. They were one of four families in Southern Alberta to win absolutely the appliance of their choice from Smith's Mr and Mrs Enns chose o Westinghouse automatic washer. SMITH'S FOR.