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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tumday, October 2, 1973 LETHBRIDGE 7 Research Station report: Save your top soil this fall By DR. L. E. LUTWICK Soil Scientist This year's drought in Southern Alberta has created some critical soil management problems that may extend into next year. Grain crops have been harvested, leaving very short stubb'e and little trash cover; in fact, some crops were so severely stunted they were cut for hay or grazed. Conse- quently, these fields will catch and hold little snow to increase soil moisture 4-H NEWS The first meeting of the McNally Tailor Tacks was held on September 14 at the Murray home. The meeting was called to order by Patricia Patching. The pledge was led by Cathy Murray. Elections for new of- ficers were held, with results as follows: president, Debbie Hart- man; vice-president, Sharon French, Secretary, Willetta Van Esveld; treasurer, Patricia Patching; club reporter, Cathy Murray; club representative, Marillee Bond. The next meeting will be held at Patricia Patching's home Oct. 12 at 7pm. and the soil surface will not have much protection from wind erosion. How, then, should the land be prepared for the winter and what about summerfallowing next year? At this time, tillage is not recommended for fields that were cropped this year and intended for fallow next year. With the present very dry condition of the soil, any form of normal machine tillage will increase the chances of dis- astrous wind erosion. To prevent the dry soil from drifting this fall or winter, fields with short stubble should be spiked to leave coarse lumps on the surface This operation is best done with chisels spaced two or three feet apart. The coarse lumps will break the wind action across the field and pre- vent drifting of soil par- ticles. An application of 12 ounces of per acre this fall or early next spr- ing will control most troublesome weeds and will postpone or eliminate one or two tillage operations If the dry con- ditions persist next year, further chemical fallow should be considered. More moisture is conserved and higher grain yields are ob- tained after chemical fallow than after conven- tional tillage. Ridging the fields with a single disc or lister shovel is an effective way to catch and retain snow on fields that were fallowed this year. The ridges should toe about 20 feet apart and at right angles to the prevail- ing wind. This operation has been used to advantage on native rangelands for holding snow and should prove effective on dry fallow fields. Other useful suggestions are contained in CDA Publication Soil Erosion by Wind, which is available from district agriculturists or the Lethbridge Research Station. INSECT BEHAVIOR An Agriculture Canada scientist is studying insect behavior to learn methods of insect control. He is currently studying the flea beetle which attacks rapeseed crops. He wants to develop a method of measuring that insect's population to he can advise farmers when a field should be sprayed. NEW NAME A destructive forest pest known as the spruce coneworm has been given a new scientific name by Agriculture Canada taxonomists who dis- covered the original name was incorrect. Its new name is Reniculelloides. NATIONAL HOMES LIMITED NATIONAL... the pre-built home package That invites feature-by-feature comparison Make the comparison with any homes on the market. We did, and we suggest that you should before you make the important purchase of a new home. You'll see over fifty points of difference in the National product BIGGER, BETTER, HEALTHIER, THICKER in such features as roof sheathing, wall sheathing, in basic designing, in cabinetry, windows and other important home features. Over fifty points of difference from others in our industry more than enough to convince you of National's VALUE. See the complete range of over 70 home designs in National's catalogues plus custom-building tool MORTGAGE FUNDS AVAILABLE INCLUDING ACREAGE AND RURAL SITES National men all over the province to assist you to choose a home for your budget and building site. MAIL COUPON NOWi NATIONAL HOMES LIMITED BOX 245 ABBOTSFORD, B.C. Please send me information about the many home packages in the National catalogues. No charge or obligation, of course. NAME ADDRESS PHONE FALL SALES BY THE "FORT" SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 AT PINCHER CREEK DAVEDURKSENSR. FARM MACHINERY AUCTION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT MALTA MONT. U.S.A. 3rd ANNUAL EXOTICS NORTH FEMALE SALE Simmental Maine-Anson SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 Chianina Tarentaise AT INNISFAIL ALBERTA "Canadian Red Roundup" 118 Lots Registered and Commercial Red Angus 113 Bulls SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 AT AIRDRIE ALBERTA Canadian Brown Swiss Association (BEEF SECTION) 121 LOTS Registered and Commercial 115 Bulls Don't forget our REGULAR CATTLE SALE every Tues. a.m. and CALF SALE Every Thurs. a.m. For Further Information and Catalogues Contact CROSSROADS OF CANADA'S CATTLE COUNTRY] BOX 690 FORT MACLEOD. ALBERTA Phone AUCTION MARKET ;