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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, 1, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGI HERALD 7 Like MacArthur, only must return Stabilization of grains industry By RIC SWIHART Herald Agriculture Edlor Winter is upon us and tradi- tionally, winter has been the time for the grain farmer to rest, relax and think. This win- ter in particular, the prairie grain farmer is faced with the task of thinking out, for him- self, all ramifications of any legislation which will surely of the farm economy. but this same bill or legisla-l There is no refuting the gov- tion similar to it will definitely j ornment claims that the Tcm- into play in the very next porary W h c a t Reserves Act has long since outlived its use- fulness. It was established in come.... session of Uie federal govern- ment. Some of the favorite bar rooms, fireside and group dis- cussion this winter will revolve about the actions or misactions of the parties in the federal government. This shouldn't stand in the way of the in- 1956 as a measure but has persevered with changes in government until it has almost made u shambles of the farming industry. Under the TWHA, the farm- ers have been fighting n losing j dividual farmer in forming his battle almost since its incep- Bill C-244, The Prairie Grain own opinion about how he tion. The bill allowed for the Stabilization Act, is now out I wants his industry operated, tETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Field beans grown here o federal government to reim- burse the Canadian wheat board for storage charges on all wheat in commercial stor- age, at the end of the crop year, in excess of 178 million bush- els. This payment, which aver- aged million, went to the wheat board and was distri- buted to growers as part of the final payment. As there was al- most no control of storage in- ventories, elevators were con- tinually plugged with wheat and instead of fanners bene. DR. G. A. KEMP, Plant Breeder Field beans have received considerable attention in the !ontinuing search for crops :hat can be profitably grown to western Canada. The annual consumption of beans in Can- sda averages about eight per person. Because of :he longer season and establish- ed markets, Ontario produces Quota change allowed Crop producers may change their assignment of quota acres from that originally recorded on their permit book applica- tion but must complete an application form for any, change in their assignment of quota acres and forward it to the Canadian Wheat Board's Winnipeg office on or before October 31. These forms are available from elevator agents. The than 95 per cent of the j fjttjng payment, it actually 120 million pounds of beans grown in Canada. Production of field beans in western Canada has been limited to a few hun- dred acres in southern Alberta and Manitoba, with yields of to pounds per acre attainable with good cultural and harvesting practices. The potential acreage could range from to acres. Cool spring growing condi- tions, which have been par- tially responsible for low yields, have held back expan- sion of bean acreages. Studies at the Lethbridge Research Station indicate that marked differences exist between varie- ties in their response to low temperatures during the early stages of growth. The re- cently introduced green-shell bean, Limelight, is tolerant to low temperatures. This charac- teristic can be incorporated into other beans. This will per- mit rapid germination in cold soils and active plant growth throughout the pre-flowering period. The resulting plants are larger at blossom time and the capacity for high yields and early maturity. The introduction o'f cold-tolerant varieties in the near future will permit a considerable increase in production. Recent investigations at Leth- bridge indicate the irrigated area of southern Alberta may be particularly suitable for board will consider only one general quota acres change "production. In add! from each producer. )xans for domestic con- After October 31, the board sumption in western Canada will consider only requests for couid be produced to replace the re-assignment of quota j imports without affecting pro- duction in Ontario. Local pro- duction and reduced transporta- selected oats, rye for distillers, i tion costs should increase prof- only replaced money already ABS liam A. Conrad, a native of Taber, lias been appointed Al- berta and British Columbia sales co onlinator fur Amer- ican Breeders Service of Can- ada. He has served as artifi- cial insemination technician and rider for Donald McKay Ranch, Ismay, Montana and Southern Animal Breeders, Taber and ranch manager for E. C. Conrad Ltd. of Pinche.r Creek. During his study at Colorado State University, he specialized in the measure- ment of meat, fat and bone in live animals with ultrasonic sound. paid to the commercial eleva tors for the storage o[ unncces sarily high inventories, Bud Ol- son, agriculture minister said. Information released to The Herald from the office of Mr. Olson, used by Otto Lang, min istcr in charge of UK wheat board, show some startling facts. It has lieeii said figures never lie and if this is the case, the farmer has been d u c d by an overactive gov erjirnent opposition which tried to make hay while Uie sun was shining. The total money that would have had a chance to reach the farm community under the present system figures to he ?8B million. Of this total, million would be for the 1970-71 fiscal year and ?26 million for 1371-72" fiscal year under the TWRA. An additional mil- lion would be paid under Uie Prairie Farm Assistance Act Sound good? Sit down be cause these figures which Bill C-244 represent make maun tains out of mole hills and conn, out smiling. There would have been an immediate payment of million that would have made up the payments missing since July. 1970 "when the TWRA was j suspended, pending passage of j the new bill. This would have covered 1970-71, The total for 1971-72, using the four per cent stabilization ruling, would have amounted to million. The PFAA payment of million would also apply and j another SI.5 million under the s t a b i 1 ization administration would be paid. The grand total for the now bill stands at S139.5 million. Related to the new bill is million for each of 1971 and 1972 under the grassland incen- tive program and million for both years under the new market development fund. This means S189.5 million would have been spent to help the farmer, directly or indirect- ly. A difference in thinking of million is a lot of grain in anybody's book and if some individual thinking on the part of Canada's grain farmers is going to assist the government hi planning for their own good, it is foolish to think it won't be done. Thinking in this case will al- low the farmer to tell the gov- ernment that the cart doesn't come before the horse. SIDE DUMPING PILING MACHINE IN OPERATION Sugar beet Held operations critical acres from acres assigned to the delivery of selected barley, flasseed for crushers, rapeseed for crushers and low erucic acid rapeseed to the delivery of regular outlets. An application form must be submitted for each request for tuch re-assignment. its to the growers and proces- sors and result in savings to the western Canadian consum- ers. There is also a good pos- sibility for export of beans to the Pacific-rim countries, par- ticularly Japan. LETHBRIDGE-NORTHERN The re-organization meeting of the Lethbridge-Northern Beef Club was held Oct. 25 at the Picture Butte library. The meeting was opened with the pledge and nag salute led by Susan Haney. The new executive elected in- cluded Carol Bonas, president; Shirley Bulva, vice-president; Heather Murray, secretary; Chris Haney, treasurer; and Lorrie Bonas, club reporter. It was decided to have the weigh-in Nov. 11 at the Cana- dian Sugar Factories Ltd. Feedlot in Picture Butte start- ing at 1 p.m. Tlie club banquet will be held Nov. 16 at p.m. in the Elks Hall in Picture Butle. New members are invited. CLl'B REPORTER Lorrie Bonas COWLEY Friday. Oct. 15. the Timber Trails Sewing Club met after school in the Cowley Hall. The meeting was called to order by singing O'Canada and reciting the 4-H Pledge. Discussion fol- lowed on topics for role call and also where to go on a tour. The members hope to have a work meeting on No- vember 10. CLUB REPOKTERr- Christinc Lank HOPING Oct. 27th meeting was called to order by the singing of (V Canada and the pledge. The Installation Ceremony for 'ho executives was held after the pledge. In our business we decided that we will draw names for a homemade Christmas gift. In our Community activity we will rrfiko tea towels for the Hoping Hall. And at Christmas wo will have a drive for the needy. For a fund raking project we will have our Annual Bake Bin- go before Christmas. Color Night will be on the 28th ol November at Foremost. Talks were given by Colleen Johnson on the Farm Youth Congress. Melcdy Mueller gave a talk on 4-H camp. Wendy King talked about the Olds Ag- riculture College. Theresa Gar- ba gave a talk on her four days at Olds. Hostesses were Janice Lauqua and Linda Gar- bar. CLUB Rita Kana. LETHBRIDGE The first annual meeting of the Lethbridge 4-H Light Horse club was held Nov. 2, at the Bowman Arts Centre. It was decided that Awards Banquet and Pot Luck supper will be held at Nov. 27, 7 p.m. at the Saint Basil's Church. A demonstration of Western and English equipment will be given from the club members. Club elections were then held with positions filled as follows: E'' Byam, president; Bobbie Thompson, vice president; Nancy Boulton, secretary; Val- eric Home, treasurer; and Maxine McKenna, club report- er Talks were given by Debbie Anderson and Valerie Home. To wrap up the evening a game was organized by Mari- lyn Hudson and Maxine Mc- Kenna. We would like to thank Mrs. Dcr.ccky and Mrs. Purvis for their help last year as club lenders. Our new leaders are Mrs. Goodricii and Mrs. N'ishi- knwa. We would also like to thank Brian Ball for his suc- cessful position of President last year. Next meeting will be held Dec. 7. All interested people arc in'ged to attend. U.VB REPORTER Maiinc McKenna The Financial Side of Living, a program aimed at all women. and especially business girls and brides, will be presented jy the Alberta department of agriculture extension division. Set for the Lethbridge Com- munity College for Nov. 16, 23 and 30. the six sessions will be run off at 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., specializing in one topic each session. Edna Clarke, regional home management specialist for the ionic economics extension div- sicn and Elizabeth Bartman, district home economist hi >thbridge, will instruct. Mrs. Clarke will teach man- agement of family business and using credit with understand- ing Nov. 16 in the first two ses- ions. Nov. 23, the two instructors mil teach. Miss Bartman about Financial side of living get for Kate Andrews money with food and clothing and Mrs. Clarke teach- ing laws affecting families, wo- men and individuals. The women will switch ses- sions Nov. 30. with Mrs. Clarke teaching children money man- agement at 1 p.m. and Miss Bartman instructing the proper way to buy china, glassware and cookware at 7 p.m. There are no fees for the ses- sions and people can register for the total scries of six ses- sions or on an individual ses- sion basis. Registration for a given ses- sion, on the individual basis, is required by the Wednesday pre- ceding the actual session. Registrations should be sent to the school of continuing edu- cation at the LCC. All courses will be taught in the Kate An- drews Building. WAITING HOr. COWS TO COME HOME Theso cats of the Vonkeman Dairy Farm near Picture Butto know where its all at. They are sleeping on some straw in the milking slalls just waiting for ths welcome taste of fresh milk to come walking back to their lair. By KIC SWIHART Staff Writer The final. producers' hand- ling of sugar beets, as with the majority of agricultural products, involves hauling the raw goods to a delivery po'nt or to Uie processor. In the case of sugar beets, the point of contact between the producer and tile processor in this final stage of handling is a piling machine, a unit which piles beets for storage until the factory nerds them for the processing of refined sugar. Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. is the only contractor for sugar beets in southern Alber- ta, and to refine million 100 pound bags of sugar, Uie number of beets is astronomi- cal. There are eight loading sta- tions away from the factories at Taber" and Picture Butte, where the beets are piled in long rows of up to tuns each. There are five other load- ing stations away from the fac- tory sites which load beets di- rectly into railway hopper cars for direct shipment to the fac-' lories. At Talwr, there are six load- ing stations and at Picture Butte there are four. The loading stations are lo- cated in three main areas: Raymond, which includes Ray- mond, Stewart, Broxburn, Coal- dale, Wing and Tempest; Leth- bridge Northern, which in- cludes Whitney, Picture Butte and Temiion Station; and Ta- ber. which includes Cranford, later, Burdett and Bow Island. Gerald Snow, agricultural su- pervisor for CSF said the pilers are capable of handling 300 loads per day or 200 tons per hour. He said a seven man crew can handle to 2.300 tons per day. The procedure for load of beets to arrive at one of the 14 loading stations is the same, and it begins with the weight of the loaded truck. A tareman who is respon- sible for taking a sample of beets from each load, cleaning them and estimating the amount of dirt, weeds and beet tops left in the load, performs the necessary function and makes out a tare slip which is handed back to the weighman when the track weighs out. Steve Slemko, a foreman at Broxburn, said his function is to make sure the operation ruas smoothly. Nick Langemann, a tareman for six years, said he watches the over all load as it comes up the conveyor belt, picks the sample and then deans the beets of dirt and cuts off the excess crown from the top of the beets. "This crown area doesn't contain very much sugar and it, should be cut off in the field operation when the farm is top- ping the he said. Alice Unger, a weighman for six years, opens the scale house at about 7 a.m. each hauilng day, and begins by testing the Flaxsoed Surplus The flaxseed outlook cannot be described as exciting. With n 2fi million bushel carryover, of which 10 million bushels arc still in on-farni storage, and a prospective crop of over 25 mil- lion bushels, Canada's total sup- plies of 50 million bushels plus for the 1971-72 crop year are equal to Umse of last year de- spilc a 40 per cent cut in acrc- Thov are, in fact, double last year's Mies. Hogs for market must be tatooed After Sunday all Alberta hog; firms: Mac-0-Lac Feeds, Ed- producers will have to have monton Stockyards. Edmonton; their pigs tattooed before they Market Drugs, 10203 97 St., are delivered to a packing plant, j Edmonton; and Alberta Live- Bruce Jeffery, general man- slock Co-op, Calgary Stock- ager of the Hog Producers Mar- j yards, Calgary. Board, explains that pro- j Mr. Jeffery points out that all ducers who ship directly to a! tattooing machines must be packing plant will have to do j registered, under the purchas- the tattooing themselves. How- ever, truckers and assembly yard operators will continue to are clis- hogs er's name, with the federal de- partment of agriculture. The finn from which the machine is accuracy of the scales with the i of the truck loaded, weighs the i chine, marks any tare and pen- first load of beets. truck and the dirt which is re- ally and then records it on a Sha then records the weight i placed in it by the piling ma- bent receipt card. All the weighmen. women ex- cept at two stations, record Ibn number of loads weighed each day. An average tare is recorded I from the first 20 loads and this j is given to the fieldman. This daily report is given to Mr. Snow so he knows v.iiat pened in the sugar beet opera- tions for a given day by the following monimp. At Taber, four are busy witli up to .'U'-'iii ings on a full day. This comes to two weighings, both loaded and unloaded, per minute. Included in the piling opera- tion is a roving load inspector who spot checks for poorly- topped beets and loads with ei- cess trash. I Joe McLean, who has been I working with CSF fnr 46 years, said the loads have been ex- ceptionally good this year with very few four per cent penalty tare slips given out. The penalty tare could cost tte farmer 55 to per load. Mr. Snow said the conditions for piling should good or too much sugar content is lost. Once in the pile, it is esti- mated that per cent of the beet has some sugar content and that 85 per cent of this amount will end up as refined sugar. If the beets are piled after being frozen, or if the top layer in the pile is frozen, the sugar content is lower. He said there is one tenth to one half a pound of sugar lost for each i ton of beets stored in the pile !each day. The ideal temperature for the pile is 38 to 48 degrees. tattoo pigs shipped through them. Tlx; packing plants continuing tattooing make sure that producers get; new owner's name. This can be paid for their own hogs by j done by sending a letter to the avoiding any chance of error j Canada department of agricul- in identity and to speed up the turc's market service at the purchased will apply for tile registration. A second-hand machine must also be registered under the handling of hogs at the unload- ing docks. Speeding up handling will eliminate unnecessary bot- tlenecks for people delivering hogs. The equipment needed for tat- tooing hogs includes a tattooing machine, tattooing ink and a pad or brush. Since these ma- chines have 25 different num- ber combinations, one machine can be used by several pro- ducers. It costs about Tattooing equipment can be ordered dL-ectly from Ketchum Manufacturing Co., 39S Berkely Edmonton, Calgary or Leth- bridge stockyards. Hogs should be tattooed on the right side of their bodies and preferably on both sides. Care should be also taken to avoid faulty tattooing which makes it difficult, and often impossible, to identify an ani- mal correctly. Faulty tattooing practices in- clude using broken digits, put- ting the digits in upside down, putting the digits in back to front (a number that should read 1234. reads using a Avenue, Ottawa 13, Ontario or i dirty machine and tattooing the through one of the following i hog on the left side only. ALBERTA LIKES IT ON THE LIGHT SIDE. Your aKuiance of by TILFORD ;