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How good is your seed cleaning equipment?

Our History: February 1963

Seed growers could write Simon-Day in Winnipeg for information on the cleaner and disc separator advertised in our Feb. 23, 1963 issue. At the Manitoba Swine Breeders Association in Brandon, members heard of a new provincial program to encourage them to set up high-standard herds from which growers could select quality animals. Also meeting in […] Read more


Learn about fungicides via your VCR

Our History: February 1991

Fungicides were a new concept for farmers in February 1991. To learn more you could watch a video, but that meant sending for a VHS in the mail, not watching YouTube. In our Feb. 21 issue we reported on a meeting at CSP Foods in Altona (now owned by Bunge), one of three canola-crushing plants […] Read more



Oakland Hatcheries’ ‘Big 3’ in egg production

Our History: February 1960

You had a choice of three breeds — Shaver, Fisher and Ames — if you were responding to this ad from Oakland Hatcheries in our Feb. 18, 1960 issue. The front-page story that week reported on a letter sent by Manitoba Pool president W.J. Parker to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on behalf of the three […] Read more


Act now for discounts on electric generators

Our History: February 1925

Pool members who wanted power on their farms in 1925 could get a $100 discount on the Lalley Light and Power unit advertised in the February 1925 issue of The Scoop Shovel. The eighth issue of the publication representing Manitoba co-operatives said that in addition to 9,230 farmers who had committed all their wheat to […] Read more



Interest rate jumps on overdue farm supply accounts

Our History: February 1980

No, not 1.75 per cent per year, more like today, but per month. The interest on overdue farm supply accounts at Manitoba Pool in February, 1980 was 21 per cent a year. Our Feb. 14 issue carried part five of a summary of the Rapeseed ’80 home study course, in which 2,500 producers were participating. […] Read more


Don’t miss out on UGG shares

Our History: January 1993

In 1993, United Grain Growers was in transition to being a partly publicly traded company, and this ad in our Jan. 21 issue alerted members that they were entitled to common shares if they had hauled grain to UGG in the previous six years. One of the headlines that issue was “More tough times possible,” […] Read more



Keep your chicks warm with the Silent Sioux brooder

Our History: January 1950

If you wanted to keep your chicks warm in the winter of 1950, you could purchase this Silent Sioux oil-burning brooder advertised in our Jan. 19 issue. We reported that “Complaints were pouring in last week as residents of rural Manitoba felt the first impact of the general 25 per cent reduction in Canadian National […] Read more


Spra-Coupe sets a new standard for sprayers

Our History: December 1993

The latest model of the Melroe Spra-Coupe was featured in this ad in our Dec. 9, 1993 issue. It contained the final Statistics Canada crop estimate for that year — the good news was that total Prairie production was up six per cent to 51 million tonnes. The bad news was that despite a “washout” […] Read more



A cartoonist’s view of the grain trade

Our History: December 1908

The December 1908 issue of The Grain Growers’ Guide offered this explanation of the roles of the various players in the grain trade, of whom the cartoonist apparently took a dim view. The Grain Growers’ Guide was at the time the “Official organ” of the Manitoba Grain Growers Association and the Grain Growers’ Grain Company, […] Read more


Pioneer sale offers historical insight

Farmer and politician William D. Staples sold up in 1916 due to the war

The ad seen here appeared in a fall 1916 edition of the Canadian Thresherman and Farmer magazine. William Staples, Dominion grain commissioner, was selling his farm equipment as his son was on active service with the Canadian military. Staples senior therefore needed to discontinue his farming operation. William Staples was born at Fleetwood, Ontario on […] Read more