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Coffee time

If you are a coffee drinker, you are not alone; nearly two out of three people have coffee daily

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee or two? Many people do. I remember the “egg coffee” that accompanied the traditional Scandinavian church dinners in my hometown. A raw egg was added to the coffee grounds before the coffee was cooked in a big pot on the stove. As a kid, I […] Read more


2018 declared the Year of the Bird

A good way to celebrate is by attending La Rivière’s Raptor Festival

This year has been declared the Year of the Bird. National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and over 100 other organizations have announced this as a way to mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This bird-protection law was passed 100 years ago, and the centennial is an occasion to recommit to […] Read more



‘Wypout’ your wild oats

Our History: April 1979

Uniroyal’s Wypout was available for wild oat control in April 1979 — an internet search doesn’t indicate the active ingredient. The winter in 1978-79 had been the second coldest on record along with abundant snowfall, as was evident by the stories in our April 19 issue. The report from the Provincial Flood Forecasting Committee correctly […] Read more


Wild vine boosts soybean yield

Researchers were looking for resistance genes and found a yield boost too

A distant relative to soybean that’s native to Australia could soon lead to a big jump in soybean yields. The perennial vine, known as woolly glycine, or scientifically as Glycine tomentella, is a genetic resource that was part of a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois. “We saw yield increases of 3.5 […] Read more



cartoon image of a family seated at a table

Artfully dodging “the question”

The Jacksons from the April 12, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

This place is so interesting!” Jennifer Jackson looked around the little restaurant as she spoke. “It’s like somebody decorated it 70 years ago and then randomly changed a few things every 10 years or so.” She pointed at the corner behind her mother Rose, who was sitting across from her at the table. “Like, the […] Read more


Cleaning up

It’s spring cleaning time for your kitchen too, and studies show there’s plenty of lurking bacteria

The calendar insists it’s spring, despite the snow and ice that continue to keep the daffodils and tulips hidden below ground. The birds probably are wondering if they missed summer. Spring puts me in a cleaning mood, even when snow still is blanketing the ground. In the kitchen, spring cleaning usually means scrubbing surfaces and […] Read more



Binscarth woman receives distinction award

Louise Miller is an advocate and supporter of women in agriculture

Louise Miller, a staunch advocate and supporter of women in agriculture was among the rural citizens to win a 2018 YWCA Brandon Women of Distinction Award. Miller is the matriarch of Silver Creek Bison Ranch, located between Binscarth and Russell. Operating for over 50 years, the family business was initiated when husband Lorne purchased six […] Read more


Farmers “focus” on working together

Our History: April 2001

As today, high world stocks were weighing on prices in April 2001. The U.S. government had abandoned production controls and storage programs in the 1985 bill, leading to all-out production and a prolonged grain price war. In an attempt to rein in production, some farmers in the U.S. and Canada proposed a voluntary acreage-reduction program […] Read more



Using herbs as container garden ‘spillers’

We usually think of flowers for containers but there are some ideal herbs that could be used

It might be too soon to buy plants to put in containers but start thinking about which ones to use, and maybe they can be obtained from our own gardens — both the outdoor one and the indoor one. By taking pieces of these plants now and potting them up, they will have developed into […] Read more


Fuel cell insight gets powered up

Understanding how plant cells make cellulose could be the key to biofuel’s future

Scientists from Penn State University say they’ve gained valuable insight into how plants make cellulose — information that could help figure out how to break it apart to make ethanol. The researchers said, in a paper published online by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that they have identified the major steps […] Read more




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