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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Bci'l Heath farm Days of rekindle By rtIO (if The Herald Every fall, Bert Heath turns a smttll piece of land soiilli of Fort Macleod into a pioneer's haven when he brings an old Avery tlireshiiig machine out after his oat crop. From a distance, a novice would not recognize the equip- ment or (he auxiliary facilities necessary to operate the ma- chine. Wlicn 1tie Herald visited the Heath farm, the threshing machine was working in a field full of stocks, pouring grain into a granary on skids and building pile of straw immediately ad- jacent. First evidence of the likely role of the strange equipment in the field is the rows of stocks (bundles of unthreshed grain stacked together standing up to fihod the When entering the yard, one passes a strange looking im- plement .with reel, cutter bar and basket assembly which turned out to be a binder. This Is the machine used to moke the bundles. The stocks have to be made by band by stack- ing up to 10 bundles to form the familiar Hallowe'en picture of old harvest metliods. The si range part of the bind- er is that it had a long pole used to pull it. This was neces- sary fo facilitate the tenm of horses Mr. Heath uses lo cut his crop. Once out In the field, two wa- gons, each with a team of Pcrcheron work horses attach- ed, are busy in various parts of the crop. One wagon is being filled with bundles while the other makes its way to the threshing machine where the two men will unload the bun- dles by hand into the feeder of the threshing machine. For the necessary manpower, Jlr. Heath looks to the Blood Indian Reserve. Usually six men answer the work call, necessary to keep the threshing machine operating to maximum capacity. When the wagon, pulls along side the threshing machine, it must be careful not to knock the long 'pulley bell from the tractor, used in place of the old tinr.2 steam engine. Once in place, the men start throwing the bundles on the endless wooden chain vUiieh moves them toward the twine cullers just aliead of the cy- linder. When the twine is cut, the straw spreads out slightly and passes through the cylinder. Here the majority of ttic ker- nels are removed from the Iionds of the oat plant. The straw from tlw plant passes above tlic grain over the straw walkers (parts which pass the straw through the body of the machine) while the kernels drop down onto the sieve. Any kernels not fully threshed from the plant are re- turned by a special pipe lo the 22-inch cylinder where the process is repeated. Once the grain is in the sieve, It drops into an elevator which carries it up lo a weighing basket. The b.iskcl is the mea- suring devise thai is set at a certain weight according to the crop being harvested. When that weight is reached, the grain is dumped out and a marker records the number of bushels harvested. The baskcl originalcd from the days when large threshing machines- covered west cus- tom combining crops for farnv ----------------------------lu.sdoy, October 17, 1973 THE HEPA'D 11 threshing fond me- ers unable lo afford equipment of I heir own. The chaff ami fine particles fall down on Hit1 .sieve or screen with Ihe kernels but arc blown out the back by a fan. Mr. Heath said he has used a threshing machine all his life. He bought a combine a few years ago and now is sorry he did. He speaks very highly of the machine, antiquated by today's standards, and claims this country would be belter off It U had never seen a combine. "There would be fewer wild oats, I'm sure of he said. machine Amitrole T controls sprend of quack grass in north Following the tradition of (lie threshing crews of old, he works from daylight to dork, pending good weather condi- tions. He uses the horses because firstly, he has them and to use a tractor would need another man. His wife Jesse keeps up her end of the threshing process by providing meals for the threshing crew. A huge pot of coffee is a test of her ability, One thing The Herald won't miss next fall is the operation of the binder. Oh to have lived In those days. Farmers in the Peace River aica of Alher-la have been get- ling good results from the use of Arnitrolc T for the control of small patches of quack grass ir their creeping ret) fescue and brome grass seed crops. sodhim ehloratc, lias been used extensively over the years, Amitrole T kills all the vegetation with which it comes in contact (acts as 0 short-term sterila nt) but i t s sterilizing effect on the soil lasts six months at tlie most. The sterilizing effect of sodium chlorate lasts three lo four years. Amitrolc is not inflam- mable, whereas sodium chlor- ate is and Amitrole Is consider- ably cheaper Ihan chlorate. Bill tahay, head of the Al- berta department of agricul- ture's weed control branch, points out that Arrulrole T is not n selective quack grass killer that is, it ki'lls desir- nhkj ay well as undesirable vegefalmii. In Alberta il was not used for large-scale miacfc grass control. It lias shown results as a treat- ment in special situations such as removal of quack in grass stands that are tut ended foi st'od. Amitrole and Amitrole T have both been used for some- time with good results on quack grass in the Ok an agn n region of British Columbia. The rate used there is 5 pounds pur acre on quack grass regrowth and quack grass that is growing rapidly. Chemical treatment Is followed about three weeks lat- er by cultivation. The treated niea is not sown to a crop TOT six months after the Annlirole application. GRANT KR1STJANSON General Servire Manager FALL SERVICE SPECIAL! 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