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Injured plants can warn their neighbours

That smell of fresh-cut hay may be organic compounds 
from the damaged leaves

A high school student working on a research project at the University of Delaware has discovered that damaged plants can send a warning to their neighbours, which grow larger to compensate. Working in the lab on weekends and during summer breaks, Connor Sweeney cultured an estimated 1,000 arabidopsis plants — also known as mustard weed […] Read more


This Old Elevator: May 2017

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 […] Read more



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


Crocus photo contest winners named

Amateur photographers from across the province once again put their best photo forward

Adult and youth competitors have once again flooded the village of Arden with crocus photographs. The 2017 Wild Prairie Crocus photo contest attracted more than 100 photos, and 13 photographers from eight different towns and cities throughout the province captured prizes totalling $600. The tiny village, 160 km northwest of Winnipeg, is home to about […] Read more



Dairy fat not heart and stroke culprit

A major analysis of past studies says the risk from 
dairy fat has been overstated

A review of 29 health studies involving more than a million patients says dairy fat doesn’t increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. These findings challenge the widely held belief that dairy products can damage health. In fact the analysis found that even full-fat versions of dairy favourites like cheese, yogurt and sour cream […] 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




Holy edicts may have created modern chicken

Religious rules may have fuelled greater demand for chicken meat and spurred development

Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl around 6,000 years ago, but these early birds didn’t look much like the chickens of today. They didn’t look the same, they were more aggressive and they laid fewer eggs less often. At some point this all began to change, but until recently researchers have never really understood […] Read more



School of Agriculture sees large graduate class

The University of Manitoba’s diploma program saw 75 graduate this spring

The University of Manitoba’s School of Agriculture has graduated its largest class in more than 30 years. Seventy-five students received their Diplomas in Agriculture at the 2017 convocation of the School of Agriculture held May 5, at the University of Manitoba. This is the largest graduating class since 1986. Brian Archibald of Killarney received the […] Read more


Flax Council cautions on seed integrity

The group is worried more acres could see the return of Triffid

With the latest official acreage estimates showing a jump in flax acres across much of Western Canada, the Flax Council of Canada is urging caution. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s latest Seeded Acreage Report is expecting 1.1 million acres to go into the ground this year, putting pressure on seed supplies, and putting the integrity of […] Read more