Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, October 21, 1912 I'lTE JHKHALD.. Dry Farming at Suffield Byjas. Murray THE district Immediately wosl of Mediclno Hat 1ms long boon as unc of rainfall and lias not buen con- Ktiitablu for farming except under Irrigation. The smite upkilcm has foetm held at various tiincu within tlio last twenty years of all _. tile country west of Indian I lend. ninco methods of fanning have uc'cu adopted suited to conserving Uic limit- ed rainfall, a large proporUozi of this land has been successfully fiii'med. As tiioso mthods become inoro perfect from year to year vast areas at one time considered only fit tot are successfully growing alii kinds of far in crops. Suflivld Is the centre of one oi1 those districts. Located on tlio main line of the Canadian Pacific railway twen- ty five milos west of Medicine Hal. Suffield has an altitude of 2-100 font and an annual precipitation of Jess than eleven inches. tributary to tho Jown the soil vi: from ti fairly heavy clay to a s: loam with a subsoil cuimilly variable. ed over as shallow as possible. Tlio i'low8 were followed ImmedlatBly by a pucker and 'lie land was loft In tli's condition for aboiu two months. For the broaHng operations there live steam engines, thine gasoline engines siid nr. lu-ad of oxen. With this tiralvo huii'Jrod acres were brought, under eul- tlvntlon In 1911. In badisGUlng the Innrt was plowed In illreciloii aa tlio bi-eakln? hut.from two to llil'co Indies deeper. Tlia bacltaec land was harrowed Immediately itl'tov Hie ptows tml then cross-hari-o'.ved. This culti- vation left the land in axcellont con- It is gently rolling in contour ami over ninety per cent. Is excellent fertile land. linen lor a crop niUioia tho use of tlio disc harrow. A small of the laiul war, bro'tcn deep and and in (bin v.iiy a. good seed iiuj was wepiuvHl. The ultimate lunvyver wore not nearly HO uatisfnciory .IB wlrh ihe n of Jess and backmjlii'K. If. Boomed to tun- to tho grass ton. jpletely killed with ihe stimio plowing j iio matter how often 'Jfeo used, was tlie case wiih the early breaking most particularly, the Tho potiilo croy seems to bu partic- ularly suited to the soil and climuto of tills part of Alberta. Tlio altitude being much lower than the western part of 'the province, tlie growing seas- on is longer and the tubers ripen much better. The quality unsur- passed by the best Iirltlsh Columbia Alfalfa for both seed and fodder pur poses also promises to be a good pay- Ing crop 111 this part of Alberts. Al- falfa seems to set its seed freely only in certain favored districts and tho South Eastern part of Alberta seems to he one of tlitso districts. About half of the company's hind will bo Ir- rigated by tho Southern Alberta Lund 'ompaiiy'B system and as soon as this s completed Alfalfa for fodder will bo grown extensively. One of the Grain Judges Until recently practically all tlio land in the district, was held by the Southern Alberta Umd Co. The Can- adian Wheat Lands, Ltd., was o ed nearly two years ago and bought a block of acres. This area now under development anil constitu- tes the largest farm in ;nid one of the largest on this continent. Farm were started i 11 April 1911. The Management apprec- In tml tho fact that the district had an unusually light rainfall and in con- sequence decided to bring t.'te land into a good state of tilth berjre putting In any crop. No effort was made there- fore to sow th-a first year. Contrary to generaUpractlce in Al- berta, the old fashioned system of breaking and backsetting was adopted on nearly all the land cultivated and the crops this year'have 'shown that this was a better system than to break tiep'p and cultivate Breaking was started as early in the spring JIB weath- would permit and the soil was turn- later breaking the grass was lefts troub lesoino but the sod wai> less tlior ousjhly rotted and therefore died out more quickly during the hot weathci The comparative merits of the two systems of breaking was amply dc moimtraied during the past summer which in this district wan very drj and hot in June and tin; early part of July. Land broken and backset a--id n good condition produced more than twice as much grain per acre as that less thoroughly prepared. The urgent necessity of thorough preparation of j the seed bed was amply demonstrated, indifferent seed bed preparation may give a fair crop hi a favorable but under adverse conditions during the growing season the results are bound to be disastrous. Among the crops sown this year, flax was sown on tho largest-area and in spite of unfavorable conditions in June and July it is averaging In .yield about 12 bushels per acre. Wheat, oats and barley are giving profitable yields and in all cases the yield is measured by the conditions or the land when the crop was sown. F. H. member of the Jury of Awards, Is connected with the Domin- ion Seed Branch at Ilegina, Sask. H-e is.ati Ontario man by birth and re- ceived bis practical training in agri- culture on the farm.home in Halton County, In 1901 he entered Ontario Agricultural College, but in 1903 drop- ped out of his year to accept a posit ioji on the staff of the College. After graduating in 1907, he was for" two years engaged with the Ontario De- partment, of Education as agricultur- al expert at the Lindsay Collegiate Institute. Four years ago Mr. Reed went to Ottawa with the Dominion LETHBRIDGE AS WHOLESALE CENTRE Prom a small beginning eighteen months ago the firm of j. u. Turney Co. wholesale lieuvy liardmaro deal- ers on 2nd. Ave. S., has succeeded in building iij) a business which looks as ft It had been- in existence for many years. This young linn has great faith in Letlibrldgo UB a distributing centre and never fails to advocate its great In tliat direction. The operations cover u wide leJd from points In tho Crow's Nest district and as far east as Med- cine Hat. Lethbridge constituting ns t jit (iu6h Liio gateway io ihe immense i i Crow's district has warranted the 1 Turney Co. keeping constantly in close touch with that territory which is -cov- ered carefully by the firm's travellers. .The J. B. Turney Co. building here Is a two storey brick structure comprising 70 x 125 with private spur track and excellent transportation facilities. The interior of the premises IB somewhat I unpretentious but there IK method ev- I cry whore you loolt. The Htock con-' sisl's of supplies for coal mines, saw- mills'; and heavy hardware and machin- ery of various kinds. Everything is in its' proper place ready for immediate use when so required. The success of tho J. 15. Turney Co. during the past- year of its business life has been aj source of great satisfaction to Mr. J. B. Turney who is the sole head. A young" iiiiin by the way who is pmsuer of; keen business might and who sees in the not far distant future greater ex- pansion Tor his firm. Page 30 Seed Branch and is BOW in charge of the work of the Brunch in Western Canada. DISTRICT AGENTS Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Company, Ltd. Gasoline Engines Oil Tractors Scales Isolated Electric Light and Water-Pressure Systems Farquhar Separators Feed Choppers Windmills Well Drilling Outfits SEE OUR They Like the South Two brothers, David and John Jenk- j ins, farm 1 mile apart, north of Taber f in Townsliip 15. Tliey are both Iowa j men, and have been engaged In ing operations on this land for th-a last five years, coming to this country together, David from Nor-th Dakota, I and John direct from Iowa. j The former claims that the lau1! he is on is far ahead of that In North Dakota. This year he has under cul- tivation between COO acres and 700 acres, and has obtained the follow-' ing yields, 6000 bushels of wheat grad-1 No. 1 northern, GOOO bushels oE 500- bushels of barley, together with potatoes and garden truck. The two sections arc dry land. Scientific farm-1 ng 'hag been followed the soil behig i plowed to a, depth of 6 to 8 inches. i Summer fallow has been used, and the rotary sowing of crops followed. The wheat averaged 2S bushels to acre, oats bushels and 60 bushels, and barley about -10 bush- fels. John Jenkins has toad the same suc- cess as bis brother and in addition has a crop of T100 bushels of. fine Marquis wheat That Alberta is far ah-aad of anything they have yet struck is the joint verdict of both brothers. TO THE HOMESEEKER AND INVESTOR You no doubt have had many attractive propositions offered you in your search for a new location for a home. In selecting a piece of land, there are many things to consider, tho most important being the character of soil and accessabllity to markets. Having been established in business many years, our acquaintance with land owners enables us to secure listings of some otlhe choicest lands and best bargains in (his district. It is therefore to your interests to look over what wo have to offer before you close a deal elsewhere.' !t certainly is up to you to get the best deal would not be businesslike to do otherwise. We quote here just a few real good buys: Good half section, miles from town, per acre; per acre cash, balance on crop payments at six per cent interest. A steam plow section, miles from town, per acre, per1 acre cash, balance In 6 or 7 equal annual at 6% A four-section tract of steam pibw land only oriehalf mile from towniite on Lethbrldge-Weyburn line, must bs sold in, block'at this price, per per acre cash, balance in five payments at THE WEBER-HUFF INVESTMENT CO SUITE 10, ALBERTA BLOCK LETHBRIDGE I The Farmers' Tractor IN FULL OPERATION AT THE CONGRESS Cali at our exSnifoit at the State of Idaho booth, or outside near the main entrance of the fair building and let us explain the many advantages. DISTRIBUTORS Telephones 755 and 1755 1245 Second Ave., South LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. A MACHINE FOR ALL, AT A PRICE WITHIN THE REACH OF ALL On the wheat fields of Western Canada are to be found some of the most splendidjy developed examples of traction machinery. Huge engines that will plow two acres an hour, and pull with the united strength of one-hundred strain- ing horses. But these machines are too big, too heavy, too ex-pen- sive for most of the purposes of the ordinary farmer. Unless you have constant work for these huge engines, owning one of them is too much like keeping fifty horses idle in the stable. The Fanners' Tractor is u .staunch, steady master built, engine which weighs tons lighter than the average f.rnctor. It will pull three or or any other combina- tion oi' farm machinery, and will run over soft ground without..paddng the soil.' or becoming mired. Seeders or harrows can only bo properly pulled by a-light weight tractor. The Farmers' Tractor is the, automobile type ignition, eoii'trbl'and steering devices. It runs with the steadiness and sweetness of si high grade automobile.- The Farmers' Tractor will do any- thiim' lliat horses can do, and will do a great many things that'hovsiis can never do. It oilers power, more durability and more satisfaction .for less money. The Fanners' Tractor costs less than the price of six horses, it.will do the work of twenty-four and unlike the horses it only eats when it works. 301 Union Bank Building ales Co., Ltd. Winnipeg, Manitoba Write direct to this office for catalogue arid full information regarding this: won- derful little machine. Sold direct from manufacturer to consumer.