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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednetdey, October 23, 1974 Typical district farmer uses gallons of controversial stuff By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A typical South Alberta farmer pays an es- timated yearly for pesticides on an average farm, according to the regional Alberta department of agriculture plant industry staff and a chemical supply firm. The Lethbridge vicinity farmer uses an es- timated 107Vi gallons of pesticides annually to kill everything from weeds and fungi to small animals. The Alberta Environment Conservation Authority will conduct a hearing Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. in the 4-H building as a preparatory move to writing regulations governing the use of pesticides in Alberta. Uncontrolled use of plant and animal poisons has been criticized. Using information from various municipal districts, Blair Shaw and Ross Bertrand of the plant industry division in Lethbridge determined that an average farm covers about acres of land. Crop production is limited to 540 acres of wheat or barley, and 80 acres of flax or other specialty crops. Using the hypothetical figures, the men added 90 head of cattle to the operation which has another 580 acres of land in summer- fallow, pasture, some irrigation and coulees. The land for buildings is also included. Chemicals in this example would be applied to 820 acres of farmland. One third of the seed used in the farm operation is treated and 81 head of cattle are treated with insecticide. Compiling the amount of chemicals which would be used on such an average farm in Southern Alberta was also the job of Mr.. Shaw and Mr. Bertrand d. Oliver Chemical Co. priced the chemicals selected by Mr. Bertrand as those needed by the average farm to average use in Southern Alberta. Four gallons of cattle, insecticide would be needed. This material is mainly used for war- ble control in cattle herds with a small amount used to control flies. Dairy producers use it more for fly control or to control warbles in the fly stage due to the health regulations for milk production. Any animals put through a feedlot that will be sold before the grubs or worms fall off the cattle aren't treated. The cattle insecticides can be applied year round but the majority are applied in early fall. If used for general fly control, they are used during the summer months. Because the warbles cause the cattle to come under stresses, use of the insecticides allows the animals to gain more pounds of meat than untreated animals in the same period of time. Since warbles eat through the cattle hides, better leather is one result of treatment. The warbles also can damage meat cuts if left un- treated. These insecticides are moderately toxic, said Mr. Shaw. Estimated cost was The average farm also uses 45 gallons of phenoxy chemicals, the common weed killers in use since about 1945. "They are the meat and potatoes of weed said Mr. Shaw. These chemials are generally applied when crops and weeds are young. They kill all but grasses. They are broken down in the soil and on plants rapidly by sunlight, soil bacteria and oxygen. About a water glass full is used on one acre of land. Cost was estimated at Ten gallons of selective herbicides for weeds which are hard-to-kill were needed. These are mixtures of chemicals which give better control of such weeds as Canada thistle and buckwheat. They are generally applied in the spring but can be added to the soil in the fall and also to summerfallowed land. They are slightly more toxic but are still safe chemicals, he said. Cost was Control of wild oats, considered the single most damaging weed, would take 29 gallons. Many of the wild oat killers contain chemicals so selective they can be prescribed for use with the same precision a doctor prescribes medicine, said Mr. Shaw. One particular wild oat chemical controls the weed only in wheat crops. Other herbicides can't control them because they are related to the grasses. Cost was Seed treatment would take 3Vz gallons of chemical. Seed treatment chemicals can be either used to protect only against plant disease or plant disease and insects. The chemical protects the seed while it is germinating and while the plant is in the seedling stage of growth. Cost was Six gallons of insecticide would be needed to fight the insects that could attack crops on the average farm. The chemicals are used to control grasshoppers and Bertha armyworms among others. Cost was Without chemicals, farmers would face the problem of growing less quantities of product at a lower quality, said Mr. Shaw. In the process, farmers would have to accept a lower standard of living. Remembrance Day schedule set Organization committee for Remembrance Day ceremonies have been es- tablished by the Royal Cana- Enchant Ware fled Gingham Design 5 piece juice sets 74 oz. ice lip pitchers Salt and peppers Coffee mugs Jar and cover 3 sizes PRICED FROM Cril ckin 327-5767 DOWNTOWN dian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans clubs, a committee spokesman said Tuesday. George Rowntree, chairman of the public relations committee, said the parade will assemble at a.m. Nov. 11 in front of the Legion. It will march to the Civic Centre for a church ser- vice at a.m. and then to Gait Gardens for a cenotaph service. The cenotaph speaker this year will be Judge A. G. Lynch-Staunton, and Bill Kergan will be master of ceremonies. Mrs. P. Degnegard will be the mother honored. She lost a son in the Second World War. The chairman for Nov. 11 organization is Harry Bulpitt. with Rev. Bruce Field as secretary. City Scene FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE E. S. P. FOX. C.D.M. FOX lETHIMIWe DENTAL LAI 204 MEDICAL OENTAt WLOO. 500 of Beef Reserved for You Howl VANTA'S ECONOMY MEATS South VANTA'S RANCHUND MEATS South 329-4545 ANNIVERSARY BEEF PROMOTION Sausaoe Seel Faroes Nlmuie Steals will be -made al your requesi Cut wrapped, sharp frozen. GAINERS PARTY SAUSAGE 4 39 VAIb. minimum, EACH GAINERS WIENERS 1lb.pk0f.on1y EACH A compWto of Frwh Diflarttttwn. Mwto by Fancy CHUCK STEAKS CROSS RIB BOASTS A Cot. froiOT.____________ Shop al your most dynamic Little Meal Markets in Town. SHOP VANTA'S MBATS 5 people lo Serve You1 Shop Vanta's Meats successfully Now! Pricn Oct 22 taken in Roy Mclntosh, 408 12th St. S., reported to police that someone entered his home between and p.m. Tuesday and took 127.50 in quarters. A pup tent, a knapsack and soft drinks valued at were taken from a garage at the Linda O'Connell residence, 181013th St. N. Farmer-geologist to speak Objections to a huge ammonia plant proposed for Raymond will be voiced Thursday before the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. Frank Russell, geology graduate and area farmer, will dis- cuss environmental and economic objections to the plant. "Alberta Ammonia's proposed plant in Raymond has evok- ed partisan and emotional response both provincially and the council says. "Mr. Russell will present some factual objections." "Born and raised in Lethbridge, Mr. Russell farms in the area and has an extensive and practical knowledge of Southern Alberta. A graduate in geology, he also brings this special ex- pertise to his discussion of the ammonia plant argument." The public has been invited to attend the luncheon meeting from 12 to p.m. at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Feminist speaks Thursday Jean Rovey, national chairman of the Women's Liberal Commission, will speak at the University of Lethbridge. Room D-634 of the Academic Residence Building at p.m. Thur- sday- Sponsored by the U of L political science club. Ms. Rovey will discuss ways of getting more Canadian women involved in politics. There will also be a dinner for women interested in discuss- ing ways of becoming politically active at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant at 7 p.m. Ms. Rovey will be guest of honor. Appeal proceeding dismissed issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Clarence Big Eye following his non-appearance. Big Eye was convicted of being intoxicated in a public place on July 1 and again on July 2. He was given a four month sentence by Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson, who was following a new court policy aimed at helping people who are consistently appearing in court for alcohol offences. The people sentenced to "four months are encouraged to participate in an intensive alcohol counselling program at the Lethbridge Correctional Institute. Big Eye was released on bail July 18 after he filed his appeal of sentence. His lawyer told the court he had written to the appellant telling him it was imperative he appear in court Tuesday. Man pleads guilty to charges John Peter Courtoreille, 21, Turin, pleaded guilty to theft of an article worth more than and to tampering with motor "vehicles in Lethbridge provincial court today. The charges stem from an incident in which a car was taken from William Henry Brown, 302 3rd St. S. A night clerk at the Alec Arms Hotel reported seeing a man going through automobiles. An unmarked police car stopped a white Rambler thought to be stolen and a man identified as Courtoreille was arrested. Forest fire burning out Fifteen men and two bulldozers are on a forest fire on Charley Wise Creek about 20 miles northeast of Waterton, a B.C. Forest Service spokesman said today. The fire burned over about 200 acres, forest protection officer Ed Hlady said in a telephone interview from Nelson. At this time of year, a 200-acre fire is guarded and allowed to burn out like a campfire. A fall problem is leaves dropping into the fire guards, which have to be cleared so there will be no fuel in them, he said. Councillors vote selves pay hike I I i Lethbridge county coun- cillors named a reeve and gave themselves a pay raise at the county's an- nual organizational meeting Tuesday. Council handed its chair for another year to Dick Papworth, county reeve for the last three years. Despite objections from Coun. Otto Wobick, council increased the daily honorarium for councillors from to A proposal to pay the reeve an additional a year was defeated 4 to 3, with Reeve Papworth casting the deciding vote. Coun. Wobick told council the or 33 per cent pay hike would jeopardize negotiations with outside workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees: "That'll look nice to the out- side workers... I think we're wrong in passing it (pay raise) at this time." Coun. Wobick's suggestion to delay the pay issue until next year met with no support from fellow councillors. Commented Lloyd Trapp, who replaced Henry Nummi as Division 6 councillor: "I'm not going to work for less than I have to pay a hired man to do the work while I'm at council." Council also agreed to leave unchanged the current 16- cents-a-mile car allowance given councillors, but boosted the meal stipend from to Convention allowances were increased by daily. County officials travelling to conventions will receive their honorarium, return airfare and daily for rooms and meals. Council named one com- mittee chairman, as Coun. John Murray was approved chairman of the county's municipal committee. Councillors Jim Nicol, Otto. Wobick and Miro Tomasta were named to council's agricultural service board and two county farmers, Frank Nemeth and Norm Ober, to the agricultural advisory com- mittee. Councillors Steve Slemko, John Murray and Jim Nicol will join Reeve Papworth on the county's annexation com- mittee, formed at the request of the City of Lethbridge to jointly discuss annexation and industrial growth. REEVE DICK PAPWORTH JIM TAYLOR, COALDALE, LEANED ON A PILE OF CHEMICAL CANS REPRESENTING THE AMOUNT A TYPICAL FARMER WOULD NEED IN A YEAR. Election costs still unknown The Oct. 16 civic election cost the taxpayer in election day wages and an as yet untotalled amount for the printing of ballots. Those are the major ex- penses of the election ac- cording to City Clerk John Gerla, election returning of- ficer. Deputy returning officers were paid and poll clerks for their election day work manning the 87 city polls and counting ballots cast by voters who went to the polls. The printing costs of the ballots should be known after Nov. 10 when invoices are received, Mr. Gerla said. As estimated was saved by using the voter registration system requiring non property owners to register at city hall, instead of enumerating all eligible voters- Losing candidates in the election are not out of pocket as the city does not re- quire candidates' deposits. Under the Municipal Elec- tion Act a city council may pass a bylaw requiring can- didates to put down but Lethbridge city councils have never done so. Certffivd Dentil Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL ILDfi. LomrUvM PHONE A 32-year-old Gleichen man's appeal against a four month jail sentence he receiv- ed July 2 after he was con- victed "of being intoxicated was dismissed in Lethbridge District Court Tuesday when he didn't appear. Chief Judge L.S. Turcotte ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 32t-40tS SMILEY'S PLUMBING MMMtNT BATHROOMS MEMOOELUNO BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND MSTAUATHMS By DON BERGMAN Open tW PHONE 12th South SERVICE LTD. 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