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Seed your winter wheat with the “ideal, no-till drill”

Our History: July 1986

The Amazone drill advertised in our July 10, 1986 issue was said to be ideal for no-till, minimum-till and conventional seeding. The ad noted that the company also produced several other types of equipment, all of the same width so that they could be used for tramline operation. A controversy over canola producer cars was […] Read more


Tired of forking bales in the heat?

Our History: June 1963

Advertised in our June 13, 1963 issue, this McKee Grassland Harvester from McKee Harvesting Systems in Elm Creek offered one-man operation, saving the work of forking or slugging bales. We reported great concern about seeding progress following heavy rains over much of the province, especially east of Portage la Prairie and north of Highway 1 […] Read more



Pick up the phone, join the party

Our History: June 1951

You’ll have to explain this to the grandkids — this ad from our June 7, 1951 issue offered tips on party line etiquette, reminding rural subscribers with magneto telephones to ring off rather than using the push button when completing a call, as well as to replace the receiver gently so as not to disturb […] Read more


New grain facility comes to Homewood

Our History: June 1950

The elevator still stands, but without the Pool logo — this photo from the official opening of the expanded Manitoba Pool facility at Homewood appeared in our June 26, 1980 issue. It wasn’t likely to see a lot of business that year — much of the issue was devoted to coverage of a severe drought […] Read more



A new problem weed arrives in Manitoba fields

Our History: June 2001

One of our front-page stories on June 28, 2001 was on a new problem weed — glyphosate-resistant canola. Several farmers, including some who had never grown Roundup Ready canola, were reporting the plants in their fields. A Monsanto representative acknowledged the problem but said it was not widespread and it was sending workers to hand-pick […] Read more


The “NEW” Don 1500 combine, fully computerized

Our History: June 1988

This Don 1500 combine from Belarus advertised in our June 2, 1988 issue was available at the introductory price of $89,000. In other Soviet Union-related news, we reported on a USDA estimate that it would reduce its grain imports by 6.5 million tonnes to 26 million tonnes. Soviet grain imports had been as high as […] Read more



Young men for management… girls for typing?

Our History: May 1961

In the “Some things have improved” department, these two ads (shown above and below) appeared adjacent to each other in our May 25, 1961 issue. “Young men” were invited to apply for management, accounting and marketing at the University of Manitoba, and “girls” for typewriting, shorthand and bookkeeping at Manitoba Commercial College. In the “Some […] Read more


That’s one rich ditch

Our History: May 1994

Both the U.S. Midwest and the Canadian Prairies suffered from too much moisture in 1993, but things had switched by the spring of 1994. This photo in our May 26 issue showed a ditch full of topsoil north of Carman, the result of gale-force winds on May 17. A recently bulldozed shelterbelt could be seen […] Read more



The Worlds Greatest Cream Saver

Our History: May 1927

You could get a big allowance on your old machine, a 10-day free trial and “the most generous time in which to pay up” if you purchased the Melotte cream separator advertised in the May 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel, which was the predecessor to the Co-operator. The Co-operative Dairies report that month said […] Read more


Defeating the 10 little dust devils

Our History: April 1949

Our April 21, 1949 issue carried this “10 little dust devils” cartoon from the USDA Soil Conservation Service. The 10 arrive at a windbreak and drop one by one as they meet a windbreak, a listed field, a clover field, a grass waterway, a fish pond, a field of stubble mulch, a cover crop, a […] Read more