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Preserving vanishing Prairie barns a difficult row to hoe

One Wawanesa-area family has already sunk thousands of dollars into saving their heritage barns but fear the structures will succumb to the elements

A barn sits in a barley field, gambrel roofed, stained with red iron oxide. It could be one of dozens scattered over the more than two-hour drive from Winnipeg to Wawanesa, but to Sheila and Jeff Elder, this one is special. On the peak facing the road, it says “Maplegrove Farm 1913” in big white […] Read more


New mutations for herbicide resistance rare

Most resistance seems to come from pre-existing genetic conditions

After exposing more than 70 million seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers at the University of Illinois were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the mutation rate in amaranth is very low, and that low-level herbicide application contributes little — if anything — to the onset of […] Read more



Planning your preserves

Now is a good time to think about what your summer calendar looks like, how you’re going to manage your freezer space and how you’ll fit in preserving all of your favourites

As I finish planting the last of my garden, my thoughts turn to preserving. It seems early to think about canning, jamming and freezing, but now’s the perfect time to plan what, when and how I will preserve my favourite fruits and vegetables. Unlike last year, I do not want to miss blueberry season again. […] Read more


Cuphea has been hybridized to be used outdoors

Once grown only as houseplants there are now more vigorous varieties that do well outside

As plant hybridizers are creating new varieties, more and more plants that were once grown solely as houseplants are making their way outdoors. One such plant family is the Cuphea genus. There are over 100 varieties of Cuphea, including a couple of species varieties that are useful outdoors as well as some hybrid varieties perfectly […] Read more



Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre redevelopment continues

Work to repair flood damage of 2011 and 2014 is long term but well underway

Brandon’s Riverbank Development Inc. is continuing its recovery efforts following the devastating floods of 2011 and 2014. The redevelopment is long term but is well underway, in conjunction with the Assiniboine River Corridor Master Plan. There are numerous recovery undertakings, with the Riverbank Discovery Centre as the “North Hub” of the plan. The Corridor Master […] Read more


Grain elevators as ‘works for the general advantage of Canada’

Another regulatory wrinkle with an interesting history

While the “no mixing” rule has long been discarded, a legacy still remains in the form of the 1925 Government of Canada declaration that elevators are “works in the general advantage of Canada.” This declaration is still in force and sometimes rears its head causing bureaucrats, farmers and others in the grain trade to scratch […] Read more



Blowin’ in the wind

Our History: May 2008

The photo of dust blowing from a field near Miami was typical of many others across southern Manitoba on May 16, 2008. There were blizzard-like conditions in the Red River Valley, and Manitoba Agriculture reported that many fields had lost so much topsoil that seed was exposed. As of May 22, crop insurance officials reported […] Read more


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Making the case for a new lawnmower

The Jacksons from the May 30, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“Here’s the thing.” Andrew Jackson leaned back in his chair and looked up at the leaves that were just beginning to bud on the oak trees in the backyard. “If I had a better lawn mower, then I would be more inclined to mow the lawn which would keep the yard looking neater and more […] Read more



Fruit-eating bug marches west

It’s been a familiar sight in Manitoba for a while, and now seems set on new horizons

A pest that has targeted strawberries and other soft fruits in Manitoba could be headed west. The spotted wing drosophila, which is thought to have come from southeast Asia, has been spotted in Manitoba in small numbers. SWD’s presence in Alberta and British Columbia suggests Saskatchewan may be the bug’s next home. SWD is an […] Read more


PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: May 2019

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these […] Read more




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