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Grain toll proposed for St. Lawrence Seaway

Our History: October 1958

Farmers’ returns were a theme running through our issues in October 1958. In the main front-page story in the Oct. 9 issue, we reported that the three Prairie pools had raised concerns with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker about the prospect of tolls on grain going through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Their brief said […] Read more


‘Freer trade pact’ lifts tariffs

Our History: October 1987

Canada-U.S. trade was also in the news in October 1987 and stories in our Oct. 8 issue analyzed the effect of the newly signed Canada-U.S. Trade Agreement (CUSTA) on agricultural commodities. For grains, Canada would give up the wheat board’s import controls, which would be lifted on oats and barley as early as 1989. The […] Read more



Flooded fields and feed shortages

Our History: September 2008

This image of a flooded field near Eddystone appeared in our Sept. 18, 2008 issue. Hayfields in the Interlake were going unharvested after weeks of drenching rains, and the week before about 250 local producers had met to discuss ways of dealing with the impending feed shortage. The blow came just as the cattle industry […] Read more


Conditions ripe for fusarium, vomitoxin in wheat

Our History: September 1985

The front page of the Sept. 5, 1985 issue reported that trace amounts of fusarium and vomitoxin were being found in Manitoba wheat after a wet, cool growing season. Wet weather was to continue and harvesting was delayed, with particular damage reported to that year’s potato crop. On Sept. 19 we reported that there had […] Read more



‘While you wait’ truck service when picking up coal

Our History: September 1961

With chilly nights approaching, this ad in our Sept. 28, 1961 issue told farmers they could get 10-minute service when picking up their coal at Cumming and Dobie in Brandon. “Rapeseed is here to stay” was the title of the editorial earlier that month, noting that while farmers had not been enthusiastic about the crop […] Read more


It never rains, it pours

Our History: September 2009

The front page of our Sept. 10, 2009 issue covered the results of a second wet year in the Interlake. Between May 1 and Aug. 30, Arborg had received 146 per cent of normal rainfall. Kelvin Einarson of Riverton, featured in the front-page photo, said he could only seed 40 per cent of his land […] Read more



The hired man’s duties

Even 100 years ago finding and keeping farm labour wasn’t easy

This is part of an article that appeared in the historic farm publication the Nor’West Farmer in February 1920. The question of working hours on the farm is one that nearly every reader of this paper is interested in. So this letter will serve as well as another to introduce the subject. A Saskatchewan reader, […] Read more


Manitoba Pool offers hybrid pig

Our History: August 1968

Manitoba Pool was in the swine business in 1968, and also owned a packing plant in Brandon. This ad in our August 1, 1968 issue offered Pool hybrid pigs as well as assistance in setting up a barn. If you owned purebred Charolais, there was good news in that issue. The second World Charolais Sale […] Read more



Ad-ventures in beer promotion

Our History: August 1961

Acceptance of advertisements for alcoholic beverages was sometimes a controversial subject for delegates at meetings of Manitoba Pool Elevators, the Co-operator’s former owner. Some argued that it should not carry alcohol ads, but others pointed out that it would be hypocritical for a company to on one hand refuse beer ads while on the other […] Read more


Co-op “Disker,” the new tillage tool

Our History: July 1947

While in Winnipeg, farmers were invited to visit the Canadian Co-operative Implements factory to watch the manufacture of this disker advertised in our July 1, 1947 issue. Some effects of the Second World War were still evident — the federal government had increased the annual sugar ration from seven to eight pounds per person per […] Read more