AlbertaFairs9Sep1910n27p0079

 

Calgary Herald

9 Sep 1910

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FIELD COMPETITIONS IN ALBERTA

Competitions for fields of seed grain have been held by 12 agricultural societies in the province of Alberta this year. The judging of these competitions is conducted by the seed branch of the dominion department of agriculture. Complete reports have now been received from the various judges which are briefly summarized as follows:

Bowden Agricultural Society.

Judge-- W. C. McKillican, district officer of the seed branch.
The Bowden society held competitions in wheat and oats, in wheat there were four entries and the prize winners were:
First: J. C. Rasmussen, Bowden, Turkey Red variety, score 93 1-2.
Second: Edward Walton, Turkey Red variety, score 91.
Third: Wm. Wilson, Turkey Red variety, score 85.
The other competitor was Anderson Bros. with a field of Preston. The absence of  noxious weeds was noted in the competition and there was less mixing of varieties than in some other districts. A little smut was observed due to neglect in treating seed.
In the oat competition there were only two entries:
First: W. J. Cranston, Bowden, Sensation variety, score 80.
Second: Jas. Black, Sensation variety, score 74.

Cardston
Agricultural Society.
Judge-- W. C. McKillican, district officer of the seed branch.
At Cardston there were competitions in winter wheat, spring wheat, and oats. The winter wheat competition was a particularly strong one having 12 entries, many of them of high merit. The following in particular are worthy of comment:
First: D. E. Harris, Cardston, Turkey Red variety, score 91 1-2.
Second: J. A. Johansen, Cardston, Turkey Red variety, score 90.
Third: R. W. Pilling, Cardston, Turkey Red variety, score 89 1-2.
A Cazler, Cardston, Turkey Red variety, score 89.
Albert Brown, Leavitt, Turkey Red variety, score 88 1-2.
A. J. Stoddart, Cardston, Turkey Red variety, score 88.
Other exhibitors were: Wm. Duce; W. E. Bullock; R. G. Irwin, of Boundary Creek; R. A. Pilling of Kimball; Isaac Carlson, and S. M. Woolf.
Considering the exceptionally dry season the crop of winter wheat at Cardston is remarkably good. The most noticeable fault is that practically all the Turkey Red wheat is quite mixed with bald varieties of inferior quality.
In the spring wheat competition there were four competitors:
First: D. E. Harris, Cardston, Preston variety, score 86.
Second: Androse Woolford, Cardston, Preston variety, score 84.
Third: C. B. Tanner, Cardston, Preston variety, score 80.
There were three fields entered in the competition for oats:
First: C. B. Tanner, Cardston, Banner variety, score 86 1-2.
Second: D. E. Harris, Cardston, Banner variety, score 82.
Third: L. N. Stott, Cardston, Banner variety, score 70.
The spring wheat crops on the whole are rather light through the Cardston district but the competitors in this competition have made a fairly creditable showing. Most of the fields have been grown on summer fallow.

Innisfail Agricultural Society.
Judge-- W. H. Fairfield, superintendent experimental farm, Lethbridge.
The Innisfail society held competitions in wheat and oats. The number of entries in the wheat competitions was five. The following are the prize winners:
First: S. W. Fead, Innisfail, Turkey Red variety, score 90.
Second: G. M. Stevenson, Innisfail, Turkey Red variety, score 86.
Third: Albert Lougheed, Bowden, Turkey Red variety, score 85.
Other competitors were E. W. Mackenzie-Grieve and H. B. Moore.
The fields in this competition were comparatively free from the noxious weeds but there is room for improvement in the purity of the varieties.
In the oat competition there were four entries:
First: A. Lougheed, Bowden, Sensation variety, Score 80.
Second: A. B. McGorman, Innisfail, Banner variety, score 78.
Third: J. A. Simpson, Innisfail, Banner variety, score 76.
The field of the other competitor, J. E. Kitley, was disqualified for barley and mustard. The competition as a whole showed considerable mixing of other grains with the oats.

Lacombe Agricultural Society.
Judge-- W. H. Fairfield of Lethbridge.
There were five competitors in the wheat competition at Lacombe. The prizes were awarded as follows:
First: P. R. Talbot, Lacombe, Turkey Red variety, score 87 1-2.
Second: J. M. Southward, Lacombe, Turkey Red variety, score 87.
Third: B. F. Bailey, Lacombe, Turkey Red variety, score 80.
Other competitors were Albert Redel and A. Hume.
A fairly good yield will be harvested from these fields. There is room for some improvement in the purity of the variety.
In the oat competition at Lacombe there were six competitors and the prize winners were:
First: P. A. Switzer, Lacombe, Abundance variety, score 90.
Second: E. W. Simpson, Lacombe, Banner variety, score 86.
Third: J. M. Southward, Lacombe, Banner variety, score 85.
Other competitors were: Jas. H. Grose of Clive; A. F. McGill of Clive; and H. J. Northcott. Some very heavy yielding fields were in this competition particularly the first prize field. They are comparatively free from weeds but there is room for improvement in the purity of the varieties.

Leduc Agricultural Society.
Judge-- Albert Lougheed of Bowden.
Seven competitors entered in the wheat competition at Leduc. The prizes winners were:
First: S. W. Shankel, Leduc, Turkey Red variety, score 81.
Second: H. Grubert, Leduc, Turkey Red variety, score 80.
Third:  A. J. Martyn, Leduc, Stanley variety, score 73.
Other competitors were: Thos. Hull, Jas. Gregg, Andrew Fjell and F. J. McRae.
Weeds are getting a strong hold through this district. There is also a considerable amount of impurities in the wheat. However, the land is well cultivated and as a result of thorough treatment of the seed there is very little smut.
There were ten competitors in the oat competition, with the following awards:
First: Jas. Stubbs, Leduc, Abundance variety, score 83 1-2.
Second:  F. J. McRae, Leduc, Abundance variety, score 70 1-2.
Third:  Jas. Dalgarne, Conjuring Creek, Abundance variety, score 69 1-2.
The other competitors were: Jas. Gregg, Conjuring Creek, H. Grubert, Leduc, J. J. Alpaugh, Conjuring Creek, Frank Barchert, Saron, Frank Hailey, Glidehurst, A. J. Martyn, Leduc, and Thos. Hull, Leduc.
Weeds are the chief trouble in this competition. Wild buckwheat and ball mustard are quite prevalent. The first and second prize crops and some of the others will give a very good yield.

Lethbridge Agricultural Society.
Judge-- Hugh Mackintosh of Macleod.
The Lethbridge Agricultural society held competitions in winter wheat, spring wheat and oats. The number of competitors is rather small, there being only two in each class. In the winter wheat the prizes were awarded as follows:
First: Ben. James, Lethbridge, Turkey Red variety, score 94.
Second: Pawson Bros., Coaldale, Turkey Red variety, score 87 1-2.
The spring wheat is as follows:
First: Pawson Bros., Coaldale, Red Fife variety, score 92 1-2.
Second: J. Davidson, Coaldale, Red Fife variety, score 92.
These crops were all very free from noxious weeds and the average purity was better than in a greater part of the province.
In oats the awards are:
First: Pawson Bros., Coaldale, Banner variety, score 95 1-2.
Second: G. Russell, Lethbridge, Scottish Chief variety, score 94 1-2.
These excellent crops of oats are grown on new land and on irrigated farms. They are both reasonably pure from weeds and from other grains.

Lloydminster Agricultural Society.
Judge-- Albert Lougheed, of Bowden.
The Lloydminster society had a competition in wheat only, but had the distinction of having the largest number of competitors of any in the province. There were twenty-one fields entered in the competition. The prize winners were:
First: W. W. Kiduff, Lloydminster, Stanley variety, score 84.
Second: Rackham and Smith, Lloydminster, Preston variety, score 83 1/2.
Third: J. Gillyean, Lloydminster, Red Fife variety, score 83.
Fourth: F. E. Rowbottom, Fartown, score 82 1/2.
The other competitors were: W. Gasford of Marshall; Jas. Almond, Hugh Hill, J. A. George, J. T. Hill, Jos. Hodgson, Frank George, Harper and Son, J. O. Slowe, J. B. Freer, Wm. Maine, Brew Bros., W. G. Hunt, H. Hume, E. A. Bird, Harold Smith, B. F. Boden, all of Lloydminster.
The Preston variety is the most largely grown around Lloydminster. There are also a number of fields of Red Fife and one each of Stanley and Huron. There were fewer noxious weeds in this district than in any other visited by this judge.

Macleod Agricultural Society.
Judge-- Thos. H. Woolford, of Cardston.
The Macleod society offered prizes for winter wheat, spring wheat and oats. In the winter wheat competition there were nine entries. The following were the best fields:
First: H. G. Long, Macleod, Turkey Red variety, score 93 1/2.
Second: R. Lantings, Macleod, Turkey Red variety, score 93.
Third: W. J. Glass, Macleod, Turkey Red variety, score 92 1/2.
T. J. Stapleton, 92 1/2; J. Maloney, 90 1/4; P. Stapleton, 90.
Other exhibitors were: C. Grier, W. A. Day, and D. L. Mudiman.
The crops in this competition were exceptionally good as regards freedom from weeds and other varieties, and smut. The yield is also good considering the unfavorable year. All these crops were grown on new land or summer fallow.
In the spring wheat competition there were ten competitors with the following results:
First: Geo. Wells, Macleod, Red Fife variety, score 88.
Second: J. R. Jacob, Macleod, White

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