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May 5, 2010
This picture shows more of the theatrical productions taking place at St. Thomas Aquinas School on Friday night, April 30. Calgary’s Quest Theatre staff was at the school teaching theatrical works to the students before they took to the stage. ©Provost News Photo.

Rainfall on Farmland Means ‘Tremendous Hope’
Looking skyward and giving thanks.

That’s what many farmers across the land have been doing due to the recent high amounts of rain and snowfall that have pushed drought conditions in the area out of sight.

Local farmer Ken Berg told The News the rains mean that “with an average rainfall this summer, that should give us a real decent crop.”

The land in the area had been getting progressively dryer over the last few years “for sure” and Berg recalls not long ago this spring there were no potholes with water in them—and geese were finding it hard to locate water other than at large lakes.

He called the amount of rainfall “unbelievable” for farmers. On April 10 he used a posthole auger to dig down in one of his fields on a knoll and only eight inches in found dry soil. On April 29 it was a different story when he had to dig down to a depth of approximately 26 inches before he hit dry dirt.

For ranchers it’s also important because it ensures that there will be grass and hay ground.

“We should feel pretty fortunate in this area for sure. Thank God.”

The weather conditions before the snow and rainfall—from mid-April until the end of April has been “like night and day in a two week period” points out the farmer who lives a few miles north west of town.

Had the rains not come soon then Berg and likely others would have been only putting summerfallow crops in. He plans to seed hard red spring wheat, oats, canola and peas this spring.

The moisture means that farmers go from “little hope to tremendous hope” for this year’s crops.

Complete story in May 5 edition of The Provost News.
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30 Percent More Drilling of Alberta Wells Forecast
Improved Technology Reactivating ‘A Lot of Oilfields Around Provost’
The number of wells to be drilled in Canada this year will reach 11,250 this year instead of an lower forecast made earlier by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada

PSAC’s second-quarter drilling forecast update predicts the increase in Canadian drilling activity levels.

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STA Team First in Provincial Volleyball Finals
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "How Can the Community be Kept Neat?"
. . . and we heard answers from Hunter Scheck, Jamie Booker, Rayce Guthrie and Jayden Thunberg. Check out the May 5 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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