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8 J The Lovell Chronicle J December 30, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Snowpack down slightly Throughout Wyoming, cent of average, Wind River four basins gained average 122 percent, Big Horn Ba- Snow Water Equivalent sin 106, Shoshone 112. As over the last week and nine of Monday, sites were all basins lost SWE. Basins lower than the snowpack that affect local water sys- report released the previ- terns are down slightly this ous Monday: Upper Yel- week, but still above histor- lowstone Basin (134), Wind ical state averages. River Basin (130), Big Horn Currently, the state av- Basin (112) and Shoshone erage is 119 percent with a Basin (118). low ot"86 percent and a high The weighted state av- of 175 percent of average, erage of 119 percent of av- Last year at this time the erage is down slightly from state average was 81 per- the previous week at 122 cent with a low of 51 per- percent. cent and a high of 112 per- A weekly report and cent of average, map showing SWE percent- Basins of local interest ages for the state can be are down slightly from last found at http.'//www.wrds. week, with the Upper Yel- uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/nrcs. lowstone Basin at 126 per- html. Fence lines, power lines and mountain skylines make up this scene on a quiet and cold afternoon day in Lovell. Bmm Dmre~trx using Roundup Ready seed in the past growing sea- son, Crosby speculated that there might not be enough traditional beet seed avail- able to meet the demands of growers nationwide if the ban on genetically modified RR seeds is upheld. On the other hand, if there is enough tradition- al beet seed to go around, Crosby said farmers will have to make huge adjust- ments to go back to the old way of doing things. For example, Mexican migrant workers used to come to beet fields of the Lovell area annually to help pull weeds and spray the crop. Roundup Ready beets eliminate the need for weeding because farmers can just spray Roundup her- bicide all around the plants and on the plants them- selves to kill weeds without harming the beets. With no need for migrant workers for the past several years, relationships faded and lo- Continued from page 1 cal farmers became discon- by said. "I'd sell my shares nected from their southern if I had to go back." sourceoflabor. If enough traditional With the increased con- seed is available to farmers, venience of Roundup Ready many would be obligated to beets, costs have decreased grow a crop of sugar beets "What would happen if farmers weren't allowed to grow Round- up Ready beets? That's a good question. The answer is we don't know," - Cowley area farmer Chris Crosby and production has about doubled in recent years, CrosbY said. RR beets are more disease-resistant than past varieties. "I absolutely wouldn't want to go back to the old way of doing things," Cros- or potentially face fines of hundreds of dollars per acre for any beets not delivered to the Western Sugar Coop- erative. Farmers could opt to sell their shares to get out of their contract, but there is no guarantee that anyone would want to pur- chase the co-op shares. "Nobody signed up for old seed," Crosby said, add- ing that he and his team are looking at other options for the coming season, but said it is late in the season to secure contracts for oth- er crops. But he would re- ally like to be able to plant GM beets this year and in the future. "We're hoping the judge comes through and lifts the ban," Crosby said. With sugar beets mak- ing up roughly half the na- tion's sugar supply (cane sugar is the other half), Crosby said the loss of pro- duction through eliminat- ing RR beets would cause a surge in sugar prices. Speaking about the safety of the herbicide chemical, Crosby said it is much less hazardous than che cals used in tradi- tional cultivation meth- ods. "Why they're fighting this chemical is a mystery to me," he said. Environmentalists ar- gue that the use of GM seeds would inevitably contaminate tradition, non-GM varieties. The RR genetics would intermix with traditional varieties simply by drifting over in the wind, according to the original complaint filed in U.S. District Court by a group of environmentalist organizations. Crosby's son, Chris Crosby, is involved with the overall operations of the family farm and agreed with his father that infrastructure for tra- ditional farming methods that were used just a few years ago is eroded today, and it would be a scramble for many farmers to find laborers and ready spray- ing equipment to get the job done. "What would happen if farmers weren't allowed to grow Roundup Ready beets? That's a good question. The answer is we don't know," Crosby said. Crosby holds a mas- ter's degree in ag econom- ics and said the switch to traditional methods would increase risk for farmers, as they would have higher costs to put into producing a viable crop. He said tradi- tional methods would also require more management than when using RR seed and the use of strong chem- icals. "I would seriously ques- tion going back to the old methods," Crosby said about what would happen if the RR ban is made per- manent. "When Roundup Ready seed was introduced and used, there was a par- adigm shift in how farm- ers did things and how they thought." Abo t. 95 percent of sugar beets grown ili United States in 2009 were of the Roundup Ready vari- ety. PVHC the .ab,y-Friendly (j USA, Inc ~e~n'~. !hla,k you ,~i~O atronage!,i~ 20]0, :i:::::i~~ !ii!i!ii!! :. :i, Hospital in the :: State of Wyoming] F- - 240 ,/2 East Main (olley}. Lovel, 548.-245& i Powell Valley Healthcare .~. the US C0nlmittee for UNICEF Compassionale Quallh Care BHC School Distdct No. 1 Board, 2rid Thursday, RMES, 8 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m 307-664-2235. Home School Club, twice monthly, Friday, 1 p.m. Call Wendy, 548- 9336, for more information. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm." Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2rid Thursday, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m 548-6192. Lovell Town Council, 2rid Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonomous, Mondays at Big Horn Federal at 7 p.m contact Permillia, 272-8384. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2rid Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m Mayes Fabric, 406-788- 9689. 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