National Geographic : 1960 Jul
KODACHROMES ) NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Grain Elevators Spike a Prairie Horizon Alberta's sprawling wheat fields, once the pride of the province, now plague farm ers with overproduction. Like the clouds above this pastoral vista at Parkland, the grain surplus shadows Alberta's economic future. Great Britain and Japan buy large quantities; shiploads go free to needy nations. Yet thousands of elevators and granaries remain packed with the overflow from years of bumper crops. As a result, farmers are re ducing their wheat acreages and turning to other crops. Alberta's industry today is catching up to agriculture as the province's economic mainstay. Golden barley pours into a granary in the Peace River District. Growing demand for barley for malting and hog feed has boosted pro duction of the grain until it ranks as Alberta's second crop, after wheat.