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How to go broke farming

Our History: November 1927

The Delco-Light generator advertised in the November 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel would provide “brilliant, safe evening light which makes reading a pleasure — enables the children to study better.” The unnamed writer of “The Pool Woman” column reflected on media reports that a national church assembly in Spain had met to discuss the […] Read more


Mail-order catalogue shopping

Our History: November 1953

There was no online ordering from Amazon in November 1953, but you could start doing your Christmas shopping by mailing an order for items in the Eaton’s catalogue. One news item that month was that Canada’s population was approaching the 15-million mark — less than half the 35.2 million reported in the 2016 census. But […] Read more



Aid refusal fuels flames of western alienation

Our History: November 1999

Farm income, or the lack of it, dominated our pages in the fall of 1999. The November 4 issue reported on angry comments from a group of western farmers who had visited Ottawa to ask for $1.3 billion in aid. They met with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief and other ministers, and […] Read more


Long guns and long johns?

Our History: October 1953

Readers of a certain age will remember that the models for men’s long underwear in Eaton’s and Sears catalogue ads were often holding a shotgun or rifle, as was one of the models for Mary Maxim sweater knitting kits in this ad in our Oct. 22, 1953 issue. If you wanted a kit, you wrote […] Read more



CN improves rail car turnaround times

Our History: October 1987

In this ad in our Oct. 29, 1987 issue, CN showed how it had improved its rail car turnaround times from 17.8 days in 1986-87 to as low as 16.0 days that month. The overall average car cycle time for all railways is 16.6 days so far this crop year. In contrast to today’s mantra […] Read more


“Terminator” technology terminated

Our History: October 7, 1999

In the 1990s, Delta and Pine Land, a company working with and later acquired by Monsanto, devised the ultimate protection for preventing farmers from replanting seed from protected varieties. It developed what became known as “Terminator” technology which would render the seed sterile after its first year. The technology was highly controversial, and we reported […] Read more



Trudeau asks, “Why should I sell your wheat?”

Our History: October 2000

The editorial in our October 5, 2000 issue noted the passing of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who had often been criticized for his quote from a 1968 meeting in Winnipeg when he said, “Why should I sell your wheat?” We carried the full text which followed that statement just after he was elected, which […] Read more


Delco-Light generator can power your farm

Our History: September 1927

The Delco-Light generator advertised in the September 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel could provide light for buildings and power for the separator, grinder, pump or saw for only a few cents per day. In a lengthy article, Manitoba Wheat Pool manager R.M. Mahoney discussed grain grading, a subject on which he said, “I have […] Read more



‘Get ahead’ with Pool hybrid pigs

Our History: September 1969

Pool hybrid pigs advertised in our Sept. 25, 1969 issue were said to yield well and bring good returns, with one customer reporting a sale of 100 animals with an average return of $60.22 and a total of $126 in premiums. Our main front-page story was on a Food and Agricultural Organization report which suggested […] Read more


New grain type yields high in farm field test

Our History: September 1961

Our Sept. 7, 1961 issue reported on “high productivity and drought resistance” on a new “synthetic grain species” developed at the University of Manitoba. The cross between durum wheat and rye, later named triticale, had been grown on 35 acres on the farm of A.V. Arnott at Darlingford, and it was estimated it would yield […] Read more