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Swift’s Sky-Hi Layers

Our History: February 1956

This Swift’s Hatchery ad from our Feb. 23, 1956 issue reminds of a time when most readers kept at least a few laying hens. Among the news items we reported that month were that scientists at the university had developed methods of chemical control of wild oats in certain crops, and a wheat-rye cross that […] Read more


A seven year round of trade talks?

Our History: February 1992

The Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) had been going on for 5-1/2 years in February 1992. Though it continued to stretch for another two years, there was concern that an impending agreement would limit Canada’s ability to maintain supply management. A crowd of farmers and other supporters, estimated at […] Read more



Mechanization, ‘that extra hired man’

Our History: January 1960

More than 100 Manitoba livestock producers had purchased this electric mix mill advertised in our January 7, 1960 issue. It could mix and grind up to four ingredients at a cost of 23 cents per ton. Free trade, or the lack of it, was the main news item on the front page that week. Manitoba […] Read more


A new star on the horizon for canola growers

Our History: January 1984

Westar was the “new star on the horizon” for canola growers when advertised in our January 1984 issues. But the news in our January 26 edition was not particularly good, other than news that the Soviet Union had agreed to purchase another million tonnes of Canadian wheat that year, which was over and above the […] Read more



The railway ‘spaghetti’ network

Our History: January 1975

The map of the rail network in Western Canada looked a lot more like spaghetti in 1975. In our January 2 issue, we reported that the federal government had announced the basic rail network of 12,413 miles would be protected until 2000, and that 6,283 miles would be reviewed. It was later announced that would […] Read more


During times of war, a message of courage

Our History: December 1943

The image on the front page of our December 15, 1943 issue carried a Christmas message to take courage during the bleak time of the Second World War. Among the news on the front page was that Manitoba’s total Victory Bond sales had reached $99,641,400, just short of the $100-million objective and that the Manitoba […] Read more



Save time and money with accurate farm records

Our History: December 1981

Farm records were still kept on paper in December 1981, when a Manitoba Agriculture ad invited farmers to talk to their ag rep about the new farm record book. Our Dec. 3 edition reported that 38-year-old former RCMP officer Bill Uruski of Poplarfield had been appointed as the new minister of agriculture in the Howard […] Read more


Cast your vote on the Manitoba Beef Growers’ Promotion Plan

Our History: November 1973

Our November 23, 1973 issue contained advertisements encouraging farmers to vote on two questions. One was to allow a compulsory checkoff requested by the Manitoba Beef Growers Association to fund a beef-promotion agency for Manitoba cattle producers. While 22,000 farmers were eligible, only 5,696 ballots were returned and the proposal was defeated, with only 43 […] Read more



Carryover and low quotas lead to Chinchillas?

Our History: November, 1969

A combination of low prices and low quotas resulting from a huge Canadian and world wheat carryover in 1969 meant tough times for farmers, and this ad in our Nov. 13 issue invited them to diversify by getting into the Chinchilla ranching business. However, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president E.K. Turner told his annual meeting that […] Read more


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