Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 30, 1973 Seed competitors stalk world title Connie and Lloyd Mercer aren't content with second place. They're going to keep trying until they become world wheat seed champions. Two years ago they were runner ups. The winner was from Australia and friends of the Mercers jokingly called them the DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327 O821 232 lie STREET NORTH North American Cham- pions. To get a seed sample ready for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto is a painstaking process. It usually takes about 23 hours. The seeds are in competition with about 200 other samples from all over the world, so everything has to be just right. The hardest part of the preparation is the hand picking. Ten pounds of wheat seed must be hand picked from 100 pounds. This task can be simplified if a person decides he's go- ing to enter the Fair before harvesting. Mr. Mercer picks an area of the field where the crop is good. Usually a low lying area because the moisture is better there. Most of the seeds are the same size and quality. This is much easier than taking a sample from a grain bin where the seeds are from all areas of a field and are of different size and quality. The first step, in getting seeds ready, is to collect them from a combine. The Mercers gather about five bushels (120 pounds) of grain. Next, the seeds are put through a fanning mill which eliminates straw, cracked wheat and un- threshed kernels. The seeds which go to Toronto must all be the same size. Common sizes are from six to eleven. To make the seeds uniform they are put through a series of screens. After the milling and fan- ning, the original 120 pounds of seed are reduced to 100 pounds.. From this 100 pounds 10 pounds are hand picked; this can take up to 20 hours. The 10 pound sample is sent to Toronto where it's judged in its own class and if the sample wins its divi- sion it will compete with all other division winners for the championship. BENY'S PRE-COLD WEATHER SPECIALS! Sorting Connie Mercer sorts by hand some of the seed which will be entered in competition. One of the many grading screens used is also shown ALBERTA HOME INSULATION CO. 324141k St. S. LfMrifci P. A. Ron PhtM 327-6386 We specialize in insulating older existing buildings and homes. Serving Southern and B.C. lor 25 Yeera This Special includM Sun Teat Compreaaion TMI Replace Point! Check Wiring Replace Spark ChMk Air FllWr Cheek Buttery and Cablae Check Charging System Adjual Carburetor Replace Fuel Filler Power Check AWARD PRESENTATION FRONT END SPECIAL! Here's what we do- Check Steering Boi Check Bell Cheek Steering Linkage Align Front End (Camber, CMter. end Toe In) Only .95 FREEI With ttM Specials COOLINO SYf TIM CHICK AntlfrMza Inspect Water Pump Impact All Hoaat Adjust Fan BaN Pictured above are Mr. R. M. Phinney (left) Marketing Director for Northwest Design, making the presentation to Mr. Greg Forsyth, Sales Manager of United Mobile Home. United recently won the distinction of being TOP DEALER for Northwest Design and Fabrication Ltd.. in competition with thirty other mobile home dealers across Canada. United has been most pleased to offer Southern Albertans, the award winning Park and Tuxedo Manor homes; and wishes to thank all the very special and happy new Northwest home owners for this award. Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile UNITED MOBILE HOME PhOM 328-1101 DEVELOPMENT CO. (Div: United Motors Co. Ltd.) "Where it PAYS to DEAL"