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Grass control

Grass growing through our junipers is difficult to pull and painting it with Roundup is tedious and drips damage the junipers.

I now make a paste of flour and Roundup and wipe it on the grass with my fingers (while wearing rubber gloves). The consistency of the paste is about that of very thick cream. Thick enough to not drip yet thin enough to spread easily.

The paste is useful in other areas of our landscaping.

Bob Foster
Canmore, Alta.

A farmer's creed

Man's greatest possession is his dignity. No calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

Hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character. Despite its hardships and disappointments, farming is the most honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth. Farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money cannot buy.

Farming provides education for life, and no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity, in such a variety of ways. Many of the best things in life are indeed free -- the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of the wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

True happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

By my toil, I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it -- an honor that does not come to all men.

My life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by his standard, I fear no judgment.

When a man grows old and sums up his life, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he's lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

Author unknown
Sent in by a reader 
from Saskatchewan

Don't blame CWB

We subscribe to a number of farm papers and I always like reading the letters to the editor. Farming always has been a very uncertain occupation but more so the last few years.

I read a letter recently that stated farmers were quitting because of the Wheat Board. That is pretty ridiculous. There always have been people who start farming and other selling out but I have never heard it was because of the Wheat Board. The farm population in the U.S. has decreased considerably in the last few years and they have no Wheat Board.

The Western Wheat Growers seem to think if we got rid of the Wheat Board, western Canada would be a land flowing with milk and honey. That went over better a few years ago but now with off-Board grain so low that argument doesn't go over so well. Even the Alberta government now says getting rid of the Wheat Board won't help much.

I notice in the papers Australia is retaining single-desk selling and I've read a number of letters from American farmers who wished they had a Wheat Board.

Farmers are notorious for pulling every which way. We have so many different farm groups, each with different views. Had they all worked together to retain the Crow rate it would be a different situation for the farmers today.

Some talk of overhauling the transportation system. The government spent a lot of money upgrading our rail lines and now they're tearing a lot of them up, and demolishing most of the elevators. This is supposed to put millions of dollars in the farmers' pockets but I fail to see it because there are big semis to no end hauling grain miles and miles, which must be costing a bundle -- plus all the damage to our roads.

In closing I would like to say I hope things start improving soon for our farmers.

Jack Wheeler
Treherne, Man.

Wants Alberta to buy CP rail

A proposition to Ralph Klein and his government. Buy CP Rail and turn it into a common railway like a highway.

Think of the savings, even in Alberta, on new highway construction and highway maintenance, if we could reduce the tonnage of long-haul freight by 10% to 25% on our highways. There are probably no studies that show that this is possible, except to say that we have witnessed before our eyes the dramatic increase of at least 25% of semi truck traffic on our roads in the last 10 years. This, at a time when CN and CP have maximized their profits on bulk long-haul freight to a point where trucks on our highways can compete with them.

The west, with our long distance to markets, needs an efficient rail transportation system as one of the pillars of our long-term growth. It would be a real tragedy if CN bought CP under the rationale that they have to get bigger to be more efficient. All you have to do is look at the way they've gotten rid of their branch lines, with the promise of cheaper freight, to see what a gigantic lie that is. You only get efficiencies of scale in an industry where there is true competition. Where there is no competition the prices rise to whatever the market can tolerate.

I think Ralph Klein and his government have a golden opportunity, a chance of a lifetime, to strengthen the west and would be long remembered for their vision, if they bought CP Rail and turned it into a rail highway. If we as westerners feel that this is a good idea, we should do everything possible to convey this message to him by writing him directly, and by continuing this discussion in every newspaper possible. However, time is very limited, if we want to stop CN in its expansion tracks of having a total monopoly on rail transportation here in the west.

Garry Hoffman
Killaly, Sask.


Please accept our sincere appreciation for your generous support of the 2001 Census.

On May 15, Statistics Canada asked everyone in Canada to take the time to complete their census questionnaires. Your support was an essential part in accomplishing this enormous task.

The first results of the 2001 Census are expected to be released in March 2002

Again, we thank you for your assistance in promoting the 2001 Census.

C. Jerry Page
Director, Prairie Region/N.W.T.
Statistics Canada
Edmonton, Alta.

Overlooked chemical

I read with interest your dandelion story on page 11 of the May 2001 issue of Grainews. The article was well done and presented farmers with good information on dandelion control in their forages.

One product that appeared to be overlooked in the story is Nufarm's non-selective systemic herbicide Amitrol 240. This product provides excellent dandelion control in preseeding cereal, pea and canola crops and in alfalfa forage renovations.

At recommended rates of 1.7 L/ac., Amitrol outperforms glyphosate in a preseeding burndown situation and is particularly effective on perennial dandelions.

Amitrol 240 is also very effective for use in alfalfa renovation. Amitrol applied at rates of between 2 to 3 L/ac. after the last cutting will kill out the alfalfa and broadleaf weeds.

If I can provide you with any further information on Amitrol, please let me know. If you would like to contact a Nufarm representative, call Darryl Matthews at 403-253-8471 ext. 110.

Wayne Karlowsky
Calgary, Alta.

Be uplifting

Grainews is a welcome sight when we get it in the mailbox. I'm an avid reader, so the paper is read through and through. Especially the diaries of Boyd Anderson, Neil Funk, Harvey Gjesdal, Heather Thomas, John Kapicki and the letters.

Much needed are the enlightening and encouraging articles of the spiritual nature that are provided by Elaine Froese, Lesley Caldwell, Addy Oberlin, Betty Schlichting and others. The caliber of writing is a must for whatever work is being done, such as farmers. 

Do keep up these uplifting articles in Grainews and Farmlife -- the articles and poems are refreshing. I appreciate every article on farm safety also.

Keep up this excellent paper! Thank you so much.

Doreen Fossum
Consort, Alta.

Yes to missionary

Glad I caught "New Missionary" column in June's paper. I say yes to keeping religious faith writing!

Ask your writers not to spare the horses regarding how we can, and should, pray. I refer to Philippians 4:4-7 as a start for us all. It put me on the right track after my husband died in '95, and I was never a Bible reader. But I refer to it often now. It takes work, determination.

Church helps: to be with people!

Instructions, Biblically based, how to deal with anger, jealousy ... sins, period!

How to conduct family prayer, husband/wife prayer. Quiet moments alone, together. Letting those around hear us refer to God. Be open.

Marilyn Deutscher
St. Albert, Alta.

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