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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE UTHBRIDGE HERAtD Friday, October 15, 1971 Caucus agricultural committee ease work load of minister The new Progressive Consor- vative caucus has formed an ton chaired by Bud Miller. MLA for Lloydminstcr and Marvin Moore, "MLA for Smoky Hiver. In announcing the formation of the committee. Dr. Hugh Homer, deputy Premier and minister of agriculture, said both chairmen are practising farmers and have had a great deal to do with the develop- ment of the agricultural policy of the Conservative govern- ment. Mr. Miller will be responsible for livestock with Mr. Moore looking after the grain aspect of the industry. In a release, Dr. Homer said the government intends to use nil of the other MLA's in spe- cial assignments within the held of agriculture. Included in tire plan is the formation of a joint committee of lILAs, farmers and other knowledgeable people to begin an immediate study of the crop insurance situation in Alberta as well as weather modifica- tion. Also expected to work with the committee are MLAs Gor- don Stromberg spe- cial responsibilities in relation to the coarse grain situation in of the Right of Entry Arbitra- tion Board Act. Peter Trynchv special responsibilities to Uie Farm equipment sales show healthy 1971 increase The Canadian farmer will buy 17.4 per cent more farm equipment this year than in 1970 according to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. The estimated value of farm implement sales, including re- pair parts, this year Is compared to 000 in 1970. Repair parts are valued at this year compared to in 1970. Ontario shows the largest amount of purchasing power, accounting for an increase of 16.3 per cent over last year. Alberta shows Uie largest percentage increase, up 32.9 per cent from 1970. Saskatch- ewan is second in percentage increase up 30.3 per cent. Manitoba is expected to de- crease farm equipment pur- chase by 1.7 per cent. In the area of repair parts, the Atlantic provinces will in- crease purchases 43.3 per cent, with Saskatchewan next with 36.5 per cent, Ontario 21.8 per cent and Alberta 13.8 per cent. Alberta cattle industry not affected by U.S. economics area of forage and in farm ma- chinery legislation; John Ba- link special re- sponsibilities in the family Farm area and lo develop poli- cies to maintain a family farm. Mickey Fluker (St. responsibilities in marketing; Frank Appleby speciality field crops and the honey industry; Don Hanson the dairy field and it's relationship to the fam- ily farm. Bill Purdy (Stoney. evaluation of the extension di- vision of Uie department of ag- riculture and the Trends and Transition Report on the de- partment; Les Young (Jasper marketing; Ron Ghitter (Calgary Buffalo) and Julian Koziak (Stralhcona civil rights and contractual rights; and Catherine Chicak (Edmonton consum- er affairs and domestic mar- kets. There will be four city MLAs on the committee to add liai- son and to improve the rela- tionship between the areas rural and urban. The committee is expected to meet, as a whole on occasion in Edmonton with work done individually reported to the committee. With this kind of a back-up committee, it is hoped the work load of the minister of agricul- ture will be eased and polices will be able to be developed to improve the agricultural in- dustry in the province. Alberta's cattle industry is expected to escape almost un- scathed, the effects of Presi- dent Nixon's 10 per cent sur- charge on many Canadian im- change in exchange rates had occurred. Since the U.S. cattle industry is expected to remain healthy, or at least considerably health- ier than last year, the Cana- SECRETARY J- N. Hes- ter has been appointed execu- tive secretary for the Cana- dian Charolais Association, succeeding Dennis Clulcy. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsyl- vania, Mr. Hester has been active in various youth or- ganizations and sen-ice or- ganizations since coming to Calgary in 1968. He was for- merly head of the sales de- partment of the oil and gas division for L and M Plastics of Calgary. Roy Hurnaneu, marketing economist with Uie Alberta de- partment of agriculture, ex- Jains that shipments of beef are exempt from the surcharge jecause they are subject to quotas under the U.S. Meat Im- mrt Law. The onlv class of cat- le that will be affected, and in 1970, Mr. Humanen says, hat are of any concern to Al- >erta, are those weighing over 700 pounds. The tariff on these animals las increased from I'.i cents to 3 cents a pound. However, since he cattle movement from Al- berta to the U.S. is insignifi- cant at the present time, al- most no detrimental results are anticipated here. Mr. Hurnanen says (lie ex- change rate between the Cana- dian and American dollar is a factor which could have an af- fect on the cattle market. Although a major adjustment Housekeeping A correspondence course in custodial and hospital house- keeping is available from the Vermilion College. The course includes four two-day practical schools and the cost is only Additional information and ap- ler tnan last veai, me T. dian price level on a import ba- i plication forms can be obtained sis could be higher than it was] from the Vermilion currencies between the took place with the floating of I College, Vermilion, Alberta. tETHBRIOGE RESEARCH STATION RECORD DELIVERY FOR WEEK-LONG PERIOD Farm- ers on southern Alberta's sugar beet crop were hard at work in the fields Oct. 4-9, harvesting and hauling a record tons of beets to Canadian Sugar Factories ltd. receiving stations. This accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the tons harvested to date. The expected yield will run about tons this year. Finlay photo. South Alberta 4-H club reports COWLEY On September 29, the Timber Trails Multiple 4-H Club gath- ered in the hall at Cowley for re-organizational meeting, with Milo Barfuss present. Nancy Crayford was chairman and jenny Dwyer acting secre- tary. The meeting opened with the singing of OCanada and the 4-H Pledge. It was decided to divide the club into two separate clubs, the Timber Trails Beef Club and the Timber Trails Sewing Club. The new officers for the Sewing Club are: Jacquelyn Buries, president; Jenny Dwy- er, vice-president; Lori Fran- cis, secretary; Cindy Preston, treasurer; Christine Lank, club reporter; Mrs. Dorothy Doug- las, sewing leader. Next meeting will be held October 15 at the Hall. All members and prospective members are asked to attend. CLUB REPORTER Christine Lank VAUXHALL The Vauxhall 4-H Beef Club held its re- organizational meet- ing Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Vauxhall High School. There are 19 members in the club this year, including 12 new mem- bers. Officers for the coming year are: John Geers, president; Brian Goerzen, vice presi- dent; Sheryl Skretting, secre- tary; Eddy Geers, treasurer; and Leslie Johnson, club re- porter. This year the calves are go- ing lo be purchased in Novem- ber and they have to weigh Potato seed-piece decay BR. G. A. NELSON, Plant Pathologist Potato seed-piece decay re- duces stands and yields of po- tOOK place Wan lliu liucmutj ui j------- i the Canadian dollar in May of! tatoes. Furthermore, tubers tla 1970, additional upward pres- sure on the Canadian dollar would have the effect of lower- ing the import ceiling price or lowering the export floor price, Mr. Hurnanen says. At present price levels, Can- ada is on an "inbetween" Ira- sis, neither importing nor ex- porting any appreciable num- ber of cattle. If, however, Can- ada were to move to an im- port situation, as happened last November, and the Canadian dollar moved to par or to a premium over the U.S. dollar, are produced by plants grown from infected seed pieces fre- quently break down in storage, resulting in further losses. Seed-piece decay can be caused by a variety of fungi and bac- teria, but the two main casual organisms are dry-rot fungi and blackleg bacteria. Decay organisms are usually present on Uie tubers and invade the tissue through wounds. Dry-rot fungi produce pockets in the seed piece that are filled with masses of fungal growth, whereas blackleg bacteria We've sot the cheapest snowmobile in town! But, we warn you, it costs more when you buy it The economy comes after you own it Like lower maintenance cost. Like much longer life. And, most of all, the highest trade-in value when you finally decide to get a newer one just like it. The cheap Arctic Cat. Come in and start saving on one today. IETHBRIDGE tcthtirldgc Honda Centre 1117-2nd Avc, S. CARDSTON K D Implements Ltd. RAYMOND Rldgcway Sales and Service COWLEY Cowley Automotive Sports Centre PINCHER CREEK Hi-Land Farm Equipment Box 1360 Wheat surplus The combination of reduced production under Operation LIFT and a respectable export figure of about 437 million bu- shels, including flour, has re- duced the carryover of wheat by about 250 million bushels. under 575 pounds. It was decid- ed that the banquet and awards night will be held Nov. 26. The club leaders for the year are Gordon .Johnson and Pete Unruh. They were pleased with the interest shown by the num- ber of parents present. The meeting was chaired by Rod- ney Unruh, past president. CLUB Leslie Johnson. QUANTSTY BUYER located in South West Alberta WILL PAY CASH FOR FEED BARLEY and OATS PHONE 269-6987 IN CALGARY ANYTIME ause a watery soft-rot in the tissue. The potential loss from seed- iece decay caused by blackleg as been illustrated in plots at Lethbridge Research Sta- on. When seed pieces that were inoculated with blackleg acteria were planted, less lan one per cent of them prouted. This indicates that, nder certain conditions, this isease can be extremely se- ious. We are investigating methods f preparing and treating seed ieces to produce the best tands of potatoes. In some po- ato-growing areas of North America chemical protectants pplied to the seed-piece sur- ace have been effective in pre- venting decay, whereas in other areas they have not. We have conducted field trials at the Lethbridge Re- earch Station over the past wo years to evaluate the ef- ectiveness of the various seed- i e c e protectant chemicals available on, the market. In these trials treated and un- reated seed pieces were plant- ed immediately after cutting. There was little evidence of re- duction in stand in either the treated or untreated plots. Un- der conditions that prevailed during the past two years we have not been able to show the jdvantage of seed protectants or differences between them. These results do not necesanly indicate that seed proteetanls ire of no value. These studies ,vill continue along with studies of the conditions that promote seed-piece decay. Although a few growers still follow the practice of allowing :he seed pieces to suberizo for several days before planting, it us generally recommended that seed pieces be planted imme- diately after cutting. In 1971 we included in out trials seed pieces that were allowed to su- berize for three days at 60 lo 70 degrees Fahrenheit before planting and conroared the stands with those from seed pieces planted immediately af- ter cutting. The suberized seed nieces produced significantly fewer plants than those planted immediately after cutting. This clearly indicates that every ef- fort should be made to cut only the amount of seed that can be planted soon after cutting. Research workers in the United States have shown that it is advantageous lo treat sub- crizcd seed pieces. We have not included this treatment in our trials. Consequently, we do not yet. know how effective the pro- tectants are in preventing seed- piece decay after suberization. Notice of Public Hearing: 1911 atvd let) jirvo- a? ,eas and to ions non- ;