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Pulverize, crush and level with the Acme Harrow

Our History: April 1887

Advertisements in the April 1887 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller included the Acme Pulverizing Harrow, Clod Crusher and Leveler as well as Sedgwick Woven Steel Wire Fence and Gates. The issue contained an extensive article on dairying, beginning with plans for a creamery, which could be built for an estimated $1,800. However, […] Read more


Earthmovers roll to shore up dikes

Our History: April 1997

This photo of earthmoving equipment heading to shore up dikes south of Winnipeg ran in our April 24, 1997 issue, which was three weeks after the record April 5 blizzard that led to “The flood of the century.” A less well-remembered effect of that blizzard was its effect south of the border. We reported that […] Read more



Efficient, dependable manure spreading and more!

Our History: April 1967

The Farm-Eze manure spreader advertised in our April 6, 1967 issue offered efficiency, dependability, simplicity, versatility and economy. It was available in 130- and 170-bushel sizes. At the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon, Agriculture Minister Joe Greene announced that there would soon be new federal legislation providing for low-interest loans for the proposed construction of […] Read more


The Roblin wheat advantage

Our History: March 1995

Roblin was an up-and-coming variety when it was advertised in our April 6, 1995 issue. One of the stories on our front page that week was how the top-gaining Limousin bull at the Gunton bull test station had gone missing with no explanation, and there was a $500 reward offered for information as to his […] Read more



Make the most of seeding into stubble

Our History: March 1961

Summerfallow was still a common part of the rotation in 1961, but for those seeding into stubble, this ad from our March 30 issue reminded them that they needed nitrogen and suggested they leave an unfertilized check strip to confirm the difference. An article quoting Manitoba Department of Agriculture specialists reinforced the advice. It said […] Read more


Wild oat chemical control options

Our History: March 1974

Your wild oat chemical control options in 1974 included Avadex, Treflan, Avenge (barley only), Endaven (wheat), Asulox (flax) and Carbyne, a post-emergent product from Gulf. In our March 7 issue, an article by Elmer Stobbe of the University of Manitoba discussed the “billion-dollar problem” of wild oats on the Prairies, and reviewed the chemical options […] Read more



Canada’s top seed disinfectant

Our History: March 1953

Your seed treatment options in this ad from our March 12, 1953 issue included mercury-based Ceresan and Benesan, or C-I-L Bunt Cure, which was a non-mercurial treatment for wheat costing three cents an acre. Among the front page news items that week was the death of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin at age 73, introduction of […] Read more


Better yields with Manor Buckwheat

Our History: March 1984

Buckwheat was still a significant crop in Manitoba in the 1970s and 1980s, exceeding 100,000 acres some years, and SeCan was promoting the Manor variety in our Mar. 1, 1984 issue. However, acreage has declined to the point where it is no longer reported by Statistics Canada. In that issue, we reported that the U.S. […] Read more



How good is your seed cleaning equipment?

Our History: February 1963

Seed growers could write Simon-Day in Winnipeg for information on the cleaner and disc separator advertised in our Feb. 23, 1963 issue. At the Manitoba Swine Breeders Association in Brandon, members heard of a new provincial program to encourage them to set up high-standard herds from which growers could select quality animals. Also meeting in […] Read more


Learn about fungicides via your VCR

Our History: February 1991

Fungicides were a new concept for farmers in February 1991. To learn more you could watch a video, but that meant sending for a VHS in the mail, not watching YouTube. In our Feb. 21 issue we reported on a meeting at CSP Foods in Altona (now owned by Bunge), one of three canola-crushing plants […] Read more