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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Saptambar i HE LeTHBRIDGE Silage harvester levels corn on Tony Birch farm east of Taber Corn production conies back in South High as an elephant's eye Fred Mehlhaff stretches to top tassel By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer TABER Hundreds of questions and an overwhelm- ing majority of farmers among the 175 participants in the 1974 Alberta corn tour Fri- day indicated a continued resurgence of corn in the South's agricultural picture. Thousands of acres of corn were produced in Southern Alberta shortly after the turn of the century but its accep- tance by farmers dwindled through dry years until none of the crop was grown. Then the crop started a comeback in about 1970 in both silage and grain form. Silage is a type of hay which incorporates the entire corn plant from about six inches above the ground and is harvested with a forage South in Short Pension officer plans visit A Canada Pension Plan field officer will visit two district towns Thursday to answer questions and help with applications. G R Stewart will be at Magrath town hall from 9 30 a m. to 11 a.m., and Cardston town hall from 1 p m. to p.m. Taber school students dip TABER (HNS) A drop in student enrolment in Taber .school division schools of 81 since last September is reported by superintendent James L George For the first time in many years, said Mr. George, beginner enrolment has fallen below the 200 mark, setting a new low of 189 The total teaching staff has been reduced by two teachers, he said. Art instruction offered PICTURE BUTTE (Special) Cathy Evins of Lethbridge will instruct oil and watercolor painting classes at Picture 3utte. Nobleford and Sundial on alternate Thursday evenings Information on the classes may be obtained from Oldman Northern District Recreation Director Fred Tyrrell of Picture Butte........ Vulcan students urged to leave autos at home Hearing Aid Workshop LETHBRIDGE Wednesday, Sept. 11th Extension program offered 11 Thursday, Sept. 12th Marquis 4th Ave. S. Mr. Carl Langilto Mr. Irvin Wirtzfeld Inittmtencitar SERVICING REPAIRS TESTING FRESH BATTERIES ADVICE It you can't in, call tor No obligation. This Strvtoa Centra to available for WMIWS of all makas. PtaM 262-2839 HEARING AID CENTRE 212 Lougtwcd BMg., Calgary VULCAN The County of Vulcan school committee has asked the co operation of students and parents to curtail careless driving here The committee has asked parents to require their children to use school buses rather than drive their own vehicles. Town residents have been asked to co operate with the RCMP in charging students who have been observed to operate cars or pickup trucks in a careless manner. The school committee has issued the following statement: "Considerable concern has been expressed by many citizens in town regarding stu- dent use of automobiles and pickups dunng the school day and particularly during the noon hours. "It is apparent to the onlooker that the vast majori- ty of this traffic is quite CRANBROOK (Special) East Kootenay residents may now earn a complete universi- ty degree through extension services of Castlegar's Kootenay Selkirk Junior College and Nelson's Notre' Dame University, Last term lecture centres were operated here and at Fernie. This year there will be lectures at Creston, Invermere and Kimberley. There will be four resident professors English, history, education and psychology sociology will be taught Tutorials will be supplemented with audio- visual and seminar aids from Notre Dame University. Enrolment starts at Kimberley Sept 16 and con-" Unues on consecutive days at Invermere. Cranbrook and Fernie, concluding Sept 20 at Creston. The central office is at 1617 Baker St. here and the student year is Sept. 30 to May 8. Prof Maurice Williams of NDU, resident here the past year, says five credit courses offered last term drew 65 students One student com- pleted his third vear credits. aimless and, more important, done in a reckless and dangerous fashion. "Many mothers have ex- pressed fears about the danger this presents for young children who have not yet learned about the dangers they face when crossing streets. "Parents of students who drive to school are invited to spend -some time in town dur- ing the school week (par- ticularly the last two months of school) if there is any doubt about the concern being ex- pressed. "During the last part of June the past school year, a student driven vehicle was involved in a serious accident in a residential part of town, which resulted in damages in excess of When is it go- ing to be the life of a human? There is little question that the number of students bring- ing automobiles to school just isn't necessary." The school committee members agree they have no legal basis upon which to for- bid the use of vehicles by students during the school day. H was also agreed that some effort must be made to attempt to eliminate what is considered to be a serious situation "which has all the potential to result in tragic in- jury or, even worse, death." The school committee suggests that when students must drive a vehicle to school, they should be prepared to turn their ignition keys over to the principal's office dunng the school day. The RCMP will be monitor- ing vehicles bearing farm plates and driven by students. RCMP say charges will be laid if purple gas is found in vehicles being used primarily for student transportation. Because a large number of students are using their own vehicles, many school buses are running with loads that are far below government standards. The school committee says it may be necessary to increase the length of some bus routes in order to comply with government standards. "This would most certainly be an undesirable but necessary says the committee. The Herald District machine which chops the stalks, leaves, cobs and kernels into a fine mixture. Gram corn is used in the li- quor distilling and livestock and poultry feed industries It is harvested with a specially equipped combine to retrieve the corn kernels. While grain corn reached a peak of acres in 1973, only about 1.000 acres is ex- pected to be harvested this fall But silage corn acreages have doubled in each of the last four years, reaching more than 30.000 this year. With silage corn operations gaining in importance, a corn seed producer from Ontario feels this is the best use of the crop under Alberta conditions Byron Beeler, general manager of Stewart Seeds Ltd in Ailsa Craig, Ont., said oats, wheat and barley give farmers the best opportunity to make good crops. Mr Beeler said silage corn on the other hand provides farmers with a crop that will produce the most livestock food energy per acre Indicating silage corn can be grown readily in Southern Alberta. Mr. Beeler said a field of corn grown by Tony Birch of Taber "is as good a crop of silage as there is in Canada Work is continuing on developing new varieties of both grain and silage corn. Jim McCurdy. of Blenheim, Ont.. president of Warwick seeds Ltd.. said the newest variety of early maturing corn is being used for the first time in any amounts this year. About 700 acres have been seeded in Manitoba and several farmers in the South are growing test plots to test its suitability to this area. Jim Cooper, director of research for Warwick, said the new variety is earlier maturing than the company's present early variety. Mr. Cooper said the new variety will enable farmers in a wider area of the province to grow corn. Corn requires a certain amount of heat during the growing season to produce good crops and the early maturing varieties require the least heat. Mr. Cooper said the new variety will take the risk of frost out of growing corn and will add stability and reliabili- ty to the crop. Following a demonstration of (wo types of corn planters on the Tony Birch farm, nine miles east of Taber, Mr. Birch explained how he incorporates silage into his cattle feeding operation Mr. Birch said corn silage is the only way he can feed cat- tle since the price of feed grain skyrocketed this year. He feeds differing amounts of silage to the cattle, depending on their stage of growth. To boost the amount of pro- tein in the silage, he sprinkles urea on the silage while he is packing the hay in a ground silo At a cost of about 75 cents per ton of silage, Mr. Birch adds three per cent protein to the livestock feed with urea And he credits silage with preventing any bloat problems in his cattle The tour then moved to the Gerhardt Tiedie farm, 12 miles east of Taber, to see two varieties of corn grown with the help of a flood irrigation system Mr. Tiedie, who was the best grain corn producer in The South in 1973 with an average yield of 82 bushels per acre, explained his irrigation and fertilizer schedule. After growing sweet corn for the canning industry in Southern Alberta for 10 years, he turned to grain corn. Following harvest of his 40 acres of grain corn in 1973, he used the corn stubble to graze 50 cattle during the winter. Fred Mehlhaff, corn fieldman for the Alberta department of agriculture in Lethbridge. said grain corn producers like Mr. Tiedie should average 60 bushels per acre this fall, up from 43Vz in 1973 Mike Hofer. cattleman for the Wmnifred Colony, 20 miles west of Medicine Hat. said he has been feeding corn silage for about six years. The colony has two centre pivot irrigation systems in use in corn fields. 100 acres for silage and 100 acres for grain. He said the colony will winter about 225 cattle and calves on the silage and more is fed daily to milk cows. The motorcade tour then returned to Lethbridge to visit the Canadian Government Elevator, delivery point for all grain corn destined for use by Palliser Distillers Ltd. in the city. Jack Waterhouse. superintendent for the 1.25 million bushel capacity government elevator, said about 60.000 bushels of grain com was received and cleaned at the facility in 1973. Honor students win government scholarships COALDALE