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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1C THE lETFiaF.ILG: HEEALD Tuesday, May 30, 1972. Irrigs _____________Tuesday, May 30, 1972 THE IFTHBRIDGE HERALD acreages yield to cash crops aimed at vegetable in the s roiiiiT.rli'd vegetable i-rops used in .southern Alberta for cnnninp finrl freezing purposes arc becoming more than a liob- by and (lie fact (tint, they ore cash crops is helping farmers become more interested in them. Macdonnlrls Consolidated Li- Diiled has plnnls in south- ern Alberta, one in Taber and the oilier in Lcthbridgc. These plants arc supplied with raw vegetables from 11-1 growers located on land in four main yrnwing regions, The Krmuug areas include Vauxhall fuaniiJng and freezing p e a Tnbcr-Fiiiraylle-lJarn- -Cranfoi'd (corn, beans, canning and freezing pens, car- rots and red beets 1, Kendy- madc-Coaldale (canning and freezing peas) and BnrdclUEow Island During this contracting year, 1972, Macdonalds has contract- ed crops from many farmers. This year there are 40 con- fracfs for peas, 45 for corn 17 for beans, six for carrots and six for red beets. Sizes of contracts vary with the farmer involved and the vegetable involved. Pea acre- ages range from 20 acres to MO, corn from 20 to 1GO, beans from 10 to 60, carrots from eight to 27 and red bests from Uvo lo 12 acres, As a cash crop, Lhc vegetab- les show good returns for the ('firmer. Peas bring a gross of of per acre, corn beans carrots and red beets per acre. Prices for vegcfables are ne- gotiated each year prior to con- tracting acreages for the cur- rent crop year. The negotia- tions are carried out between three members of the Industri- al Advisory CommiUec appoint- ed by Ihc Alberto Vegetable Marketing Board and throe members of the committee ap- pointed by the processor. Items which arc negotiated for arc as follows: raw product prices. custom harvesting charges Lo the grower. seed co.st lo Ihe grower. custom (rucking rates to growers IE applicable. I'lanting a n d harvesting dales have been established over the years but still are de- termined by the weather condi- tions. The schedule is: peas planted during the period May 1 lo June 15 and harvested from July 10 lo Aug. 15; corn planted torn Hay 1 lo May 15 and harvested from Aug. 24 lo Sept. 20; beans planted May 10 lo June 30 find harvested Aug. 1 to SepL JO; carrots planted April 25 to May Hoe drill drops pea seeds into level Ted Bouwman loads seed drill, Treated seed from registered company in drill 15 and harvested Sept. 20 to Oct. 31; and red heels planted May 1 to May ]5 and harvested July 25 lo Aug. 20. The rate thai seeds arc planted arc al.so varied accord- ing fo crop type. Peas are seed- ed at the rate of 200 to 300 pounds per acre, depending on seed size and per cent, germin- ation. Bean seeding varies from 90 lo J15 pounds per acre, corn from 10 to 14 pounds, carrots ranges at about three pounds and red beets 12 to 14 pounds per acre. Yields attained by Uie grow- ers are largely determined by practice but for averages, peas yield 1.0 tons per acre, corn 4.9 tons, heans 2.3 tons, carrots 16 Ions and red beets 9 tons. From this viewpoint, i t proves that the good farming practices are best followed be- cause contracts are awarded on the basis of previous perform- ance in speciality crop produc- tion. In the case of new contracts they are issued on the basis of a grower's present operation, for example, his production record for cereal grains or sugar hects. Payment is made to the grower of processing vege- tables on the basis of quality of product, wilh a differing scale for each type of crop. Pea prices vary from a high of per ton to a low of ptr ton for early varieties and ?144 per ton lo per ton for late varieties. Seed costs farm- ers 12 cents per pound and har- vesting costs per net ton collected. Corn brings per net ton delivered lo the factory. Seed costs GO cents per pound and harvesting by machine costs farmers S3.50 per net ton. Wtih corn there is a hauling al- First coal unit train on I lie wav Tlio Urn nun Irani load 01 coking coal lias Icfl the new opcralions of Fording Coal Lid. in South Eastern B.C, f.ir Ihc Roberts P.nnk Terminal near Vancouver R. M. Porlcr, president of Fording, railed il a "trial ship- which followed several weeks of liming up the new plant. lie said it is likely this stage will continue for some time as various equipment ad- justments are being made. At a later dale, when Ihc op- eration moves into full gear, one unit train of coal per day leave the mine for the vest coast terminal. Initially, the trains will consist of 5-! cars, and later up lo 10-1 cars. Planned rale of production is Ihree million tons of product coal per year. But this level isn't [o be reached until said Mr. Porter. Tiie prnje'. t employs (if I In.1 IFiilll! Rows of pea harvesters and tractors wait patiently for Ihe oncoming busy season. (ibuul million. Fording is p.c. owned liy Canadian Pacific Investment.-; I.Id. and 40 p.e. by Cominco Ltd., which also manages tho project. lowanco paid for contract hold- ers who live a distance from Lhe processing plant. Size is tile big factor in beet payments. All prices are for beeLs shipped to the facolry. For heel one lo r-j inches in diameter the farmer is paid S-10 per net Ion; for hcets Vz to three inches in diameter, per net ton; and over three inches, per net (on. Seed for beets is supplied by the company at cost. Harvesting fees are at the rale of S-1.30 per net ton and trucking costs are 51.50 per CTO.SS ton. Net Unmade is the amount of vegetable actually u.scd in the processing while the gross ton- nage is the weight of the load hauled out of the field. Beans are pai'J on Lhe size of (he actual bean. If the heans fall through a No. 2, 3 or 4 sieve the farmer geLs per net ton. For a No. 5 and over sieve, the farmer is paid per net Ion. Seed for heans costs .15 cents per pound and machine harvest costs Ihe farmer ?25 per net ton. Carrots bring a price scale according lo harvest dates for all product greater than IVi in- ches in diameter. For crops harvested Aug. K to Sept. 1, per ton, Sept. 2 to Sent. 8, per ton, Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, per ton and Sept. 16 on, per ton for product 1'iinch to two inches in diameter and per ton for product two in- ches in diameter and more. Seed for carrots is supplied at the cost to the processor with harvesting costs to Lhe former amounting to per net ton. Tusking is done at cost. you re serious Butler The clear-span, Butler GSI (Grain lluilding ts so cosy to erect, you can put il up yourself. has proven it can stand up fo gnlc-fofcc winds and heavy snow loads. H holds your grain close to its natural angle of rcpo'-o. It's more practical .inrf durable than any other building m its fincc Mnpp. G.'f full GSI tact-: from your LOW-PRICE, STEEL, Yup. Our new range lias wider corrugations, fewer sheets and high strength zig-zag bolting for faster, easier, erection. So you now get Butler all-steel quality and durability at a lower installed cost per bushel than ever before. And with capacities from 1550 to bushels, the savings can be big. KNOCK ON WOOD. Contact A Butler Farmsted costs a bit more than a wooden building. Initially. But the all-steel Farmsted won't rot. The Farmsted will withstand a 90 mph gale, and its roof will handle heavy loads of snow. So in the long run it will cost you much less. Which is woith remembering. IN NGS1EF0SB PHONE 824-3255 LETKBRIDGE PHONE 328-0096 IN TMER PHONE 223-3433 ;