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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


Drought year predicts high crop insurance payouts

Our History: September 1980

Effects of the drought-stricken crop of 1980 dominated the front page of our September 11, 1980 issue. Manitoba Crop Insurance anticipated a possible payout of $100 million, its highest on record. Crops farther west had suffered less than in Manitoba, and Statistics Canada was forecasting a larger Prairie wheat crop than the previous year, but […] Read more



‘We’re not ready for Roundup Ready wheat’

Our History: August 2003

In the early 2000s, Monsanto had developed Roundup Ready wheat and had established variety trials in Western Canada, but its proposed licensing attracted strong opposition, as evidenced by this ad in our July 24, 2003 issue. The Canadian Wheat Board had warned that export customers could refuse any wheat contaminated with genetically modified varieties, a […] Read more


Milking on the Barnardo farm

Our History: August 1891

The front page of the August 1891 issue of The Nor-West Farmer, And Miller featured this engraving of milking on Dr. Barnardo’s farm near Russell. Dr. Barnardo was founder of a controversial British organization to help destitute or orphan boys by sending them to work on farms in Canada, but was later seen as a […] Read more



Grain elevator lineup “longest day of the year”

Our History: August 1991

This is what a lineup at the elevator still looked like in 1991 — this shot in our August 8 issue was actually taken at Miami on July 31 but 1991 was one of several years in which that was the “longest day of the year.” That referred to elevator managers dating cash tickets (sometimes […] Read more


Wheat Board has bad news for grain producers

Our History: August 1998

With BSE still to appear in Canada in August 1998, it may not have been realized just how important our Aug. 13 front-page story would be. Former Canadian Cattlemen’s Association general manager told his annual meeting in Edmonton about the new project to develop a national cattle identification program. There was little good news for […] Read more



‘Get more beets, cleaner beets!’

Our History: August 1963

This ad from our August 8, 1963 issue reminds of when Manitoba had an active sugar industry. And when you dropped in to see the new Farmhand multiple-row beet harvester, you could also check out an Owatonna windrower. We reported that despite heavy losses from drought and rust, Manitoba’s wheat crop could reach 70 million […] Read more


Year of “The Big Wet” drowns a million acres

Our History: July 1999

It was called the year of “The Big Wet” — in 1999 the normally dryish southwest corner of the province suffered repeated deluges which drowned almost a million acres of cropland. Unfortunately it was the precursor of more wet years. The bad news that week was that federal Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief had told Manitoba […] Read more



Livestock breeders and “Dairy don’ts”

Our History: July 1887

Livestock breeders advertising in the July 1887 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller included the Binscarth Stock Farm (C.L. Smellie), Beresford Stock Farm in Brandon (J.E. Smith), Chas. H. Fox & Co. in Winnipeg, Breeze Lawn Stock Farm (Sharman and Sharman) in Souris and O.P. Skrine and R.H. Skrine of Grenfell — now […] Read more


Just say no to Crow

Our History: June 1983

The Crow rate was a hot topic in June 1983. Jean-Luc Pepin, transport minister in the Pierre Trudeau government, had tabled a bill providing for annual payments to offset the money-losing rate, but debate continued on whether the payment should go to the railways (therefore only on grain shipments) or directly to farmers (which meant […] Read more