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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 2, 1973 CLEARANCE OF Holidaire-Triple E and Triple E Honey Trailers HOLIDAIRE TRAILERS 1 only Holidaire ft. 1 only Holidaire 18 ft. Deluxe 1 only Holidaire 18 ft. Standard 1 only Holidaire 16 ft. Deluxe 1 only Holidaire 20 ft. Deluxe Trailers Make Living A Lot More Fun 1 only Triple E 18 ft. DELUXE TRAILER Hot Water and Shower 5 only Triple E HONEY TRAILERS from less than TRIPLE-E HONEY STANDARD MODEL (4 SLEEPER) Don't Miss Out on These Fantastic Fall Clearance Buys on Trailers FOREIGN CAR (Lethbridge) Ltd. 1102-3rd Ave. South Phone 328-9651 Sorghum grain tested for prairie growth Dr. M. D. MacDONALD Plant breeder Lethbridge Research Sta- tion Grain sorghum ranks fourth in total production among the world's cereals and has been mentioned from time to time as a potential new crop for the Prairies. Since 1971, the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion has evaluated over 000 sorghum selections from the maize and wheat improvement centre in Mexico as well as ex- perimental hybrids from private seed companies. None of the selections or hybrids tested to date has been found to be suitable for commercial production in southern Alberta. One hybrid meets our re- quirements for maturity but is a low yielder with weak straw. Two others give satisfactory yields but are too late in maturing. These are the main problems that must be overcome before sorghum can be grown with any success in western Canada. Sorghum is a tropical crop that was probably first domesticated in northeastern Africa. It grows best where the days are warm but not too long. Though there appear to be some day-length insen- sitive types, most sorghums will not set seed during the long days we have in Canada. Drought- tolerant types have been selected for North American climates from the high altitudes of Ethiopia where there is great diversification of this crop. Varieties from Mexico are being grown at Lethbridge to select in- dividual plants tolerant to cool temperatures and insensitive to our long summer days. For sorghum to succeed as a commercial crop in western Canada, we must find ways to improve its germination and seedling growth in our cool soils. This is required to get the crop started early so that it will produce a uniform stand that will compete with grassy weeds. Some progress has been Fumigation protects ship grain Grain carrying ships entering Canadian ports are examined for infestations and cargo debris by Agriculture Canada inspectors. They must decide if fumigation and cleaning are necessary before a new cargo is loaded. Of 155 ships inspected last year at Thunder Bay, Ont.. five were sprayed and four fumigated. made toward these goals and commercial hybrids that will mature and con- sistently yield pounds per acre on irrigated land should be available within five years. In 1971 and 1972, the best hybrid yielded pounds per acre on dryland plots and pounds where it was grown on irrigated land. The 1973 tests for long day-length tolerant sorghum has not produced any exceptional selections. Farmers can expect problems with emergence and weed control with this crop if care is not taken in preparing a sound clean seedbed. There is no need to purchase special machinery for seeding or harvesting grain sorghum. Dryers may be required to bring the grain down to 13 per cent for storage. Big squash The efforts of Glen Sitzer to grow a prize- winner squash paid off when this 60-pound specimen took first priz< at a fair in Brantford, Ont., recently. Wild host found for orchard virus The perennial balsamroot may be a natural wild reservoir for a plant virus peculiar to western North America, says an Agriculture Canada plant pathologist. The virus causes rasp leaf disease in stone fruit trees, and this disease prevents the trees from setting fruit and makes them useless to fruit growers. Finding the wild host is important to advising growers on control of the disease. P.O. BOX 357 LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-9671 Southern Sires Ltd. have full Quar- antine facilities for your new European imports, male or female. The females will be bred to the sire of your choice while in quarantine. Call 328-9671 tor further information and reservations. Southern Sires also conducts A.I. Courses for the Farmer Rancher during the Fall and Winter. These courses are held either in the evening for 10 evenings or a full 5 days. cLtd. COUTTS HIGHWAY A hill HIM of... ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION EQUIPMENT at reasonable prices ;