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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Record crops of barley, oilseeds Wheat harvest lowest since drought-hit 1961 Thursday, November 19, 1970 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 23 Shivering nude review finally turns heat on OTTAWA (CP) - Poet-harvest estimates of Canadian grain production published Wednesday confirm a reduction by more than half in wheat production to 33.5 million bushels but show record crops of barley and oilseeds. "The quality of the wheat crop was above average with the higher grades predominating," the Dominion Bureau of Statistics said in its November estimate of crop production. The wheat harvest, lowest !">ince the 283.4 million bushels in drought-hit 1961, resulted from a 50-per-cent reduction in acreage devoted to that crop under the deterrent of a billion-bushel stockpile and a federal program that paid cash for acres switched to summerfallow or forage crops. Wheat output was down from 684.3 million bushels last year and an average annual harvest of 585.6 million bushels in the previous decade. The average yield of wheat crops at 26.6 bushels an acre was down from the record 27.1 FOR SALE 1969 FORD CUSTO'' 500 302 V-8, automatic trans. Will take Wheat or Barley for payment See C. R. PIERSON, General Farm Supplies last year, but substantially higher than the average 21.2 bushels an acre in the previous 10 years. Reporting on the basis of tallies rounded up in the third week of October, the bureau registered production records for barley, corn for fodder or grain, hay, mixed grains and all the principal oil crops - flax, rapeseed, soybeans and sunflower. RECORD BARLEY YIELD Ontario's winter wheat crop was estimated at 15.6 million bushels, up from last year's 14.3 million. The remaining 315.9 million bushels of winter wheat includes an estimated 80.9 million bushels of durum, down from 83 million in 1969. Canadian farmers were better set for increased demand for feed grains with a 10-per-cent increase in the barley harvest to 415.7 million bushels from 378.4 million last year and an average 217.1 million in the previous decade. Barley crops produced at a record yield of 41.4 bushels an acre. Production of oats as grain was estimated at 367.8 million bushels, down slightly from last year's 371.4 million and a 10-year average of 375.4 million. Average yield was a record 51.5 bushels an acre. The combined production of fall and spring rye was estimated at 22.4 million bushels, 36 per cent above the 16.5 million bushels produced in 1969 and 81 per cent above the 10-year average of 12.4 million bushels. Production of Canada's principle oilseed crops-rapeseed and flaxseed-nearly doubled from 1969. Rapeseed production was estimated at a record 71.8 million bushels compared with 33.4 million produced last year. Acreage seeded to the crop was some 96 per cent larger than in 1969 and the average yield of 18.1 bushels an acre was nine per cent above last year. The estimated production of flaxseed-a record 48.9 million bushels compared with 27.5 million last year-similarly reflected the growing importance of oilseed crops. Acreage sown to flaxseed increased 44 per cent from 1969 and the estimated average yield -14.5 bushels an acre-was 23 per cent above last year's 11.8 bushels. Soybean production was esti- mated at a record 10.4 million bushels, 36 per cent above the 7.7 million produced in 1969. Average yield was estimated at 31 bushels an acre compared with 23.8 bushels last year and the 10-year average of 28.5 bushels an acre. MORE SUNFLOWERS Sunflower production also showed a healthy increase. Production was estimated at a record 55.4 million pounds, 63 per cent above last year's crop of 34 million and 87 per cent larger than the 10-year average of 29.7 million pounds. The area sown to sunflowers -70,500 acres-was considerably larger than the 48,000 acres sown in 1969. Estimated yield was 785 pounds an acre, 11 per cent higher than the 1969 average of 708 pounds. LONDON