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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta TOI LETHMIDOI HHAID Oclobir 1970 AGROOUTLOOK By STEVE BAREHAM COME elevator agents in southern Alberta have expressed doubts that the Canadian wheat board will be able to meet all of the recentlyannounced grain but Dave public relations officer for the board says it would not overcommit Only time will tell whether or not all of the promised sales were but in the meantime some feel the sudden rash of fortunate events were more than and may be part of a political manoeuver designed to gain favor for the next federal Regardless of why Canadian farmers suddenly have the preparations are under way and some questions raised by the elevator agents casts gloom on the apparentlyrosy pic ture farmers in southern Alberta are not shipping barley to elevators as was Many are holding back in an ticipation of higher while others are selling to feed mills for prices considerably higher than those paid by the wheat Lethbridge feed mills are paying an average 70 cents per bushel lor opposed to 62 cents per bushel being paid by the wheat Some barley is moving out of the country terminals though and agents report they can take all the barley farmers can IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE Although not exactly thess entwined carrots grown on the Carl Habernack farm at do express the strange course nature sometimes Canadian Farmers Promote Grain Sales In South America WINNIPEG CP John who grows barley arid oats on a spread in southwest will visit countries on the west coast of South America next month to persuade importers there that Canadian feed grains are the best buy on the TTie 63yearold Manitoban said in an interview here Tues day its time farmers got in volved in the marketing of their particularly when governments have been lacka daisical about promoting the sale of bountiful prairie crops to distant We just as soon stay home and take care of our the Sinclair area farmer but the job of promoting just hasnt been done so well in the Now we feel we should get involved in marketing Williamson is a member of one of the factfinding trade missions that are being dis patched from here in late Oc tober to visit countries in the South and Southeast Asia to lay ground work for markets that havent yet been developed for Canadi an feed Four service missions of five members each will assess the market potential for the feed evaluate Canadian in vestment and demonstrate to importers the feeding value of Canadian feed Each team includes a animal an animal produc tion a technical spe cialist and a producers repre Williamson is one of two f armers who will be making the George vice chairman of the Canada Grains which is administering the told reporters Tuesday that there has not been much Canadian presence in the areas the missions will He emphasized the missions would be factfinding ven and added it would be a mistake to expect immediate results from the Were going into virgin he not with or derbooks in our but with tbe intention of Claying Mustard Is Not Only Pesky Weed the local wheat situation isnt greatly Improved and the recent fanfare following sales statements may be short Figures show that the billionbushel surplus added to the 1970 wheat crop gives Minus the potential 500 million bushel sales figure and Canada still ends up with KX million Now the wheat board tells us 800 million bushels is not figure to be concerned and is not an unrealistic elevators in e south are congested with box cars are not arriving and farmers are once more at a relative Ken pool agent at Barons So far nothing has showed up regarding the big grain and I am doubtful that all of the sales are even For thousands of Canadian mustard is a pesky weed extremely reluctant to yield to the pressures of cultivation and Yet for other thousands of Canadian mustard is an important cash crop grown on The difference lies in the type of mustard The type actually three grown as a crop is quite different from the mustard In recent mustard has become an important Canadian In in 1966 Canada exported two and a half times more mustard than all of the other exporting countries Canadas average annual production during 1985 to 1969 was 233 million more than three and a half times the average during 1960 to Average yields increased by about 50 per cent over the same time There are three oriental and yellow differing in pungency and Brown and oriental mustard seed are normally used to produce the milder mustard yellow to produce the hotter Mustard preparations used In North America usually contain a mixture of both yellow and brown mustard Oriental mustard is also widely used in the manufacture of mustard which is used to some extent as a constituent of dry ground spice or seasoning It is also to a minor extent in medicinal Mustard seed may also be crushed to produce an edible with oriental mustard seed preferred by the industry it yields more None is crushed in It is used in a wioie variety of food preparations such as a seasoning agent in salad curry condiment sauces and as a filler for various types of sausage Yellow mustard Is favored by Manitoba growers and brown mustard by Saskatchewan Alberta farmers produce almost equal amounts of brown and oriental For years Alberta was the only major mustardproducing but now Saskatchewan has taken the lead with more than half the Canadian Between 90 and 95 per cent of the crop is grown under contract with prices at to four cents a pound this slightly below last years New growers may half a cent a pound The major market for Canadian mustard is in the United which has taken about half of our exports during the past four The European Economic Community is taking slightly more than a and has more than doubled its purchases in six years to almost 53 million pounds in Japan ranks third and bought more than 18 million pounds in both 1968 and about 14 per cent of our total This years crop Is about more than a 20 per cent drop from last Yellow mustard is more popular this year than In mustard acreage has been cut in half to Brown mustard acreage is about the same as last year and yellow mustard will make up the balance of its There is apparently Jttle interest in producing oriental mustard In Yields are expected to be higher this year than It also appears that our exports will be down this by about 10 per cent from the 157 million pounds sold in the 196869 crop Few Appaloosi Appaloosa horses from the Bill Stronski family of Turin sicked off a lot of honors at torse shows in western Canada this In addition to significant wins at the fall indoor horse show sponsored by the Rotary Club East Stronski Appaloosas did well in Edmonton and at In classes at Edmonton the Northern Alberta Regional Appaloosa Show grand champion grand champion gelding and grand champion stallion awards were all taken by Scronski The top rnare was WillAnn the gelding was Jokers Mirage and the Zips Crop Several first place wins were taken by Stronski horses including mare and foal WillAnn Raindrop and Lady ridden by Debbie Ladies barrel racing was another with Jokers Mirage ridden by She also rode the same horse in open pole bending and trail class for a first prize in It was the same with the egg and spoon Debbie Stronski had junior showmanship award and Bill senior At the Stronski Appaloosas took grand champion mare Lady grand Champion gelding Jokers grand champion stallion Zips Crop and first in mares of and older WillAnn Other wins at Carman included first place in Wins i Awards pole sack walk and There were 90 horses in the Appaloosas section of the Carman In the western comletitions in Edmonton and there Were horses from Jawson North Dakota and At Stronski Apaloosas took half the rhere were 70 horses in comwtition Warble Fliei Warble which infect about 55 per cent of Alberta cattle each can reduce the value of one cow by ays Jack supervisor of beef cattle for the Are Costly Kearns says meat from infected cattle often has to be trimmed and sometimes entire hides have to be discarded because they are riddled with Cattle sense that the warble fly is an enemy and from them but this only causes further Beef cattle forced to says burn up feed energy and meat gains are He suggests ttat farmers spray cattle with pesticides or give them a dusting of derris powder each Milking which should not be can be given back washes to ridthem of the Fires Burn Li North EDSON CP Eleven fires reported burnIng today in gusty winds and unseasonal warm weather west of ffiz fires were burning In the WMtecourt ths largest covering 170 Five others had started In the Edson Most of the fires were burnIng in commercial the farmers share of the consumers retail food dollar was 41 observers say this was a rise of two cents from n son was watching his dac change into his I wish you wouldnt that suit it always gives you a headache the nexl Soil I By RALPH TRIMMER Regional Plant Industry Division Alberta Soil drifting is an ever present the incidence of which depends largely on weather conditions during the winter and spring I sanddune This loss Of topsoil on the knolls reduces fertility and consequently results in lower Control measures fall into two categories permanent and Permanent control measures are those designed to prevent the occurrence of To is probably Strips should be in a northsouth direction to be most Utilization of fall crops such as fall rye or winter seeding of cereals as cover crop to be utilized by These control methods depend on sufficient early fall moisture to provide for manent crop such as Often the elimination of focal points will do much to prevent a field from starting to Conditions ISiat promote soils erosion by wind can appear Farmers are urged to be on the alert and to avoid practices that create such ground work for markets that may develop in five or ten Williamson said he ap proached Agriculture Minister Bud Olson with a group of farmers last October with the suggestion that missions be sent to distant countries to pro mote the sale of Canadian feed Were pretty nn our gestion had a lot to do with formation of this he said Its time to get moving to Too much money to benf made in storing The missions are being fi nanced by the federal govern ment and the of the three prairie lETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION The Rye Jointworm HOLMES and SALT Entomologist Three years ago rye joint worms were first found attack ing rye crops in southern Al They have managed to survive here for tile past three years and may become a se rious problem to fanners who row fall and spring They have not yet attacked crops elsewhere in The adults of the rye joint a relative of the are black and about onetenth of an inch They infest only fall or spring Dam age is caused by the white which live in the walls of the stem above the second and third Severe infestations weaken the causing them to lodge lighter infestations may reduce yields of grain even though lodging may not Studies at the Lethbridge Re search Station have been made on this new We have found that the adults fly to the growing crop in early June and lay about 70 eggs each in the walls of suitable A sin gle stem may contain as many as 21 The larvae live and develop vritUa which are swellings in the stem The larva spends the winter in its gall then in May it changes into a The adult develops shortly chews a hole through the wall of the and escapes to in festthe growing Most of the adults are females that do not have to mate to produce fertile Most larvae freeze and die if they are exposed to 15 degrees in early winter or to M degrees later in the Those in galls that are cover ed by snow escape freezing be cause the snow insulates them against extreme In the winter of about 70 per cent of the larvae were killed by winter All of those that survived were pro tected snow There is no chemical that may be recommended for their Burning the infested stubbleis not recommended because of the possibility of creating conditions favorable to wind The best method of contrql is to rotate with crops other than rye for cw year in or near infested The rye Jointworm may be come an important pest of although its lack of ness should help to hold its population in Parasit which is presently may also help to reduce Its Fanners who regu larly grow rye in this would be wise to check their crops and to control the joint w or m infestation if it appears to be on the Meeting Set COALDALE HNS The Coaldale and District Fish and Game Association will meet it 8 in the John Davidson A report on the trout pond development will be A nature film will be All members and interested persons are requested to at reasons drifting are Excessively high winds over extended The pow er to move soil varies as the cube of its if velocity increases from 20 to the power to move Boil increases 27 Lack of snow Lack of moisture and freezing of the Lack of trash due to low gram yields caused by low rainfall and Land farmed I n blocks that arc too Strips too wide for the type of At the present time some fac tors that may tend to favor this type of erosion are a com paratively dry soil situation more summerfallow because of recent crop reduction pro grams and increased produc tion of crcps that return less residue to the soil than grain crops The most pronounced indica tions of wind erosion are drifts of topsoil piled up along the edge or against the fences on the downwind side of a blowing Also in the road ditches and adjacent damage may have occurred on the but with little or no evidence in the form of drifts at the Top soil blows off the high spots and is deposited in the low giving a wavy that are conducive to soil drift Mainly they mean the adoption of recommended man and cropping prac The use of tillage implements that provide maximum trash cover on fallow and the seed These are subsurface im plements such culti rod weeder and hoe Experiment has shown that this type of implement should be used where ever pos sible when yields of wlieat are less than 30 bushels per Tillage fo maintain a reason able degree of clod avoid excessive pulverization and After harvest cultivation may not be depending on amount of stubble and weed Use of chemical weed con trol in crops during the grow ing season to reduce the ne cessity of afterharvest cultiva and consequent trash re It may be desiralc to have some volunteer growth on fal low in the Ths value of this may outweigh which growth as cover the undesirable is the use of moisture by these Strips should be of a width that provide maximum protec tion for the type of The lighter the tho narrower the strips should be 20 rods mination and enough growth to provide desired Without this moisture these practices may not be Consideration should be given to seeding down to per manent grass erosion prone These fields are often light soil areas that are chronic trouble Forage can be utilized by Establishment of field shel Emergency control measures are designed to stop drifting that has already Reestablish a cloudy struc ture by bringing clods to the surface with chisel points spaced at intervals of 2 or 3 On nonfrozen soil it may be necessary to work at a depth bciow previous cultiva tion to induce Dry ing out may become a hazard in these Ridging of soil at right angles to the wind is particu larly in light soils where it is difficult to induce cloddiness or in sand dune This is us ually done with lister shovels on cultivation at 2 or 3 foot Furrows may fill in making it necessary to repeat the Knolls which are focal points where drifting starts can bo covered with straw or manure and worked These areas can also be seeded down to a per Calendar Of Farm Events October 2 Medicine Hat Warble Fly Control Meeting October 5 Medicine Hat Unifarm Task Force Study Ses sion October 5 6 Winnipeg Agricultural Economics Research Council Conference October 5 8 Lethbridge Washington State Cattlemens Tour of Southern Alberta October 6 Foremost Unifarm Task Force Study Meeting October 7 Bow Island Urjifarm Task Force Study Meet ing October 7 Brooks Annual Sheep Sale October 17 Walsh Fall Feeder Cattle Sales October 26 3o Provincewide Unifarm Sponsored1 See Alberta Tour October 30 31 Brooks Farm and Community Leader ship Workshop November 4 5 Winnipeg United Grain Growers Con vention November 56 Edmonton Feed Industry Conference November 3 21 Toronto Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 18 Edmonton Alberta Turkey Annual Meeting November 18 20 Edmonton Alberta Poultry Industry Conference November 39 20 Brooks Alberta Potato Commission and Alberta Potato Growers Annual Meet ing and Potato Harvest Ball Kovember 23 27 Banff Annual Stockmans Short Course November 25 27 Ottawa Agricultural Congress on Task Forco Recommendation Flattens The bold Mere ce with exclusive breakerless Thunderbolt Delivers 25 husky horsepower and makes tracks up to 45 Not even a loaded sled slows it You want This is the Every component the there Merc 250 takes on the jobs others It 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