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A new concept comes to combines

Our History: June 1983

This ad in our June 2, 1983 issue promoted a relatively new concept at the time — a rotary combine. The new Gleaner Series 3 had a crosswise rather than lengthwise cylinder. Seeding progress had been varied across the province — as of May 31 the northwest region was only 10 per cent complete but […] Read more


U.S. expands war on Canadian wheat

Our History: May 1994

The world wheat trade war was in full swing in 1994, as we reported in our May 26 issue. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy had been in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil the previous week, urging them to take action against what he claimed was price undercutting by the Canadian Wheat Board. Espy claimed the CWB […] Read more



Dearth of moisture in Manitoba earth

Our History: May 1993

This photo from our May 6, 1993 issue showed (l-r) Peter Entz of Manitoba Agriculture, Bill Poole of Ducks Unlimited, Bob McNabb of Minnedosa, Wayne Lewis of Rapid City, Garth Butcher of Birtle and Bob Bradley of PFRA checking soil moisture for the first year of the Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association’s 640-acre research farm […] Read more


Weed-Bane herbicide, ‘harmless to humans’

Our History: May 1948

Naugatuck Weed-Bane advertised in our May 6, 1948 issue was said to be a 2,4-D formulation developed specifically for Canada’s colder climate, and harmless to grass, soil, animals and humans. We reported that flooding was causing serious damage along the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and that many homes had been flooded on low river land […] Read more



Nuffield 10/60 spring clearance sale!

Our History: April 1968

This ad in our April 18, 1968 issue offered a Nuffield 10/60 for $4,505 complete at 18 dealerships in Manitoba and one in Thunder Bay. Alongside that ad was a story which said that a lack of snow across the Prairies over the past winter was a threat to North America’s dwindling duck population. It […] Read more


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