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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuodoy, November 14, 1972. Blackwater best Indian cowhand No weed By GARRY ALLISON of The Herald Levi Blaclcwater, possessor of one of Ihe most picturesque names in rcdeo, enjoyed his finest year in the sport in 1972 after 15 years in the business. Besides winning money on the Chinook and Foothills ama- teur circuits, Levi cleaned up on the All Indian circuit, win- ning the steer wrestling title and placing second in the all round standings. He also finish- ed in the top 10 in the calf rop- ing. Born in Cardston IB 193G, Levi now makes his home at Standoff on the Blood Indian Re- serve. Levi's first taste of rodeo action was at a Southern Al- berta Roping Club meet in 1957 and since that time his name has popped up everywhere, from the Calgary Stampede to shows at Brooks, Lethbridge, Raymond and Foremost A quiet, almost shy man, Levi was a member of the Ca- nadian Rodeo Cowboys Associa- tion but now competes only at the amateur shows and the In- dian rodeos. His main events are steer wrestling and calf roping but he also enters the team roping and bull riding as well. He is more than proud of his young family's accomplish- ments in rodeo. This year his two daughters, Joyce and Jackie, along with son Levi Jr., all made it to the Indian finals in their respective events. Levi's wife, Tercasa is the only member of the family who doesn't rodeo. The stock on the amateur circuit varies greatly from the stock the pros use. "In the calf roping the CRCA calves must weigh under 350 pounds but on the amateur circuits they seem to be a lot bigger anl therefore- the times are he said. The bulls, he feels, are the same no matter where you ride them tough. Even though he rodeos only part time he still tries to im- prove his skills when the op- portunity presents itself and has taken in two sessions of the J and L Stables rodeo school run by Jimmy Gladstone and Lynn Jensen. Injuries have been a source of trouble throughout his ca- reer. He has suffered two bro- ken legs, two broken collar bones and is constantly handi-- capped in competition by re- curring knee trouble. With the many good young competitors coming up on the Indian circuit Levi will be hard pressed to retain his steer wrestling title nest season. But he is a tough competitor, and barring any injuries you can bet the name of Levi Black- water will be appearing either at the top, or close to it, in tho final standings next year. Levi Blackimler Wheat stocks should be cleared in this crop year Most Alberta farmers should clear their wheat stocks by the end of the current crop year, but only limited price improve- ment is anticipated. This is the opinion of David Walker, agricultural economist with the Alberta marketing analysis branch. However, with an eye to the future, he warns t h a t a substantial wheat acre- age increase next spring would be inappropriate if the Cana- dian wheat board is not able to sign further contracts with tha U.S.S.R. or China between now and the end of the present crop year. Current ''emand is asso- ciated with a very short crop in Russia, which has resulted from adverse weather condi- tions in that country. The durum wheat situation Is cause for some concern, Mr. Walker says. The fact that the 1972 crop is expected to ha about 40 per cent larger than the 1971 crop is anticipated to present disposal problems, de- spite the fact that farmer's marketings and Wheat Board gales arc running more than 24 per cent ahead of last year. Feed grain markets are like- ly to be similar to those of last year with high non-q u o t a prices, but with a CWB initial payment that is 5 cents high- er than that of last year, Mr. Walker says producers should not anticipate a final payment. World feed gram prices arc expected to remain relatively depressed and below the in- creased initial payment. Premi- ums of CWB barley sales on domestic markets are unlikely What else is new? to fully offset losses made on export sales. The wheat board win not have to move as much Alberta barley as last year to maintain a tight feed grain situation. In- creased yields may partially livestock consumption is likely to increase. RYE Rye markets should be con- siderably tighter crqp year as the seeded acreage is 36 per cent below that of last year. Some price increase is antici- pated during the 1972-73 crop year. Rye prices tend to follow world feed grain prices be- cause 80 to 90 par cent of com- mercial supplies move into ex- port markets. FLAXSEED The flax situation has im- proved considerably and pros- pects for the current crop year suggest that the whole crop will move at substantially better prices than those of last year. Continued price advances will depend upon further increases in livestock protein feed values, the U.S. commodity corporation sales policy and the size of tha Argentinian crop now being planted. RAPESEED Even with the reported sub- stantial decrease in this year's Canadian rapesced acreage, prices may be somewhat lower during the 1972-73 crop year than they were last year. Whether or not the whole crop, plus the carryovers, moves may well depend upon the atti- tude of producers to price levels. Edible vegetable oil markets are currently very soft, but reports from around the world with regard to the crop condition of competing sources of oil suggest that mar- kets may yet tighten up. control pollution Partners and research scien- tists have been able to keep ahead of weed control pollution In Canada so far and the battle is continuing. Jim Hay, director of the Re- gina Research Station for the Canada department of agricul- ture, is an expert on herbi- cides research behind them, their use in the field and all the safeguards and benefits along the way. As well as being director of the station, he is permanent chairman of the Canada Weed Committee. "Chemical weed control has been handled responsibly from research through to licensing and he says. "The use of herbicides has gone a long way to stabilize agriculture and as a result the whole of society, particularly on the prairies. "Chances of crop failure have been greatly reduced by weed control. Moisture is used by the crops and not by competing weeds. There are several reasons Why herbicides have not posed a threat to the environment, he says. "There Is a long history of being very cautious before rec- ommending any herbicide. The Canada Weed Committee was set up in 1929 to co-ordinate weed control work In universit- ies, Industry and federal and provincial departments of agri- culture. Communication between re- search, regulatory and exten- sion agencies is excellent. Tho Canada Weed Committee meets each year to review current work and update recommenda- tions. "This means we're always up to date." Annual reports of the com- mittee outline research trials on promising chemicals. Those which are eventually registered for use with CDA ara first checked out thoroughly. All the research data are re- viewed, the Health Protection Branch of National Health and Welfare requests proof of tho chemical's safety, and any nec- essary additional information is provided. Finally, when the chemical Is registered, it's up to the pro- vincial agencies to make rec- ommendations for local use. "Research advances applied through these controls have meant safe and efficient pro- duction tor the says Dr. Hay. His team of scientists range from agrologists who work with the farmer to back-up research specialists at the laboratory bench. "Some of our work Is aimed at biological control, especially In rangelands or unused land. Most of our weeds have been Imported from Europe, but their natural insert predators haven't come with them. "We're looking at imported Insects, kopt under quarantine, to see if we can introduce somo of these predators to re-estab- lish the balance of nature in controlling the weeds. DIIV 1 TRUCK TIRE at BUI I MANU. SUGG. LIST GET SECOND TIRE S5 ;