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Young men for management… girls for typing?

Our History: May 1961

In the “Some things have improved” department, these two ads (shown above and below) appeared adjacent to each other in our May 25, 1961 issue. “Young men” were invited to apply for management, accounting and marketing at the University of Manitoba, and “girls” for typewriting, shorthand and bookkeeping at Manitoba Commercial College. In the “Some […] Read more


Invasive weeds have genetic advantage

A single trait, which developed independently in multiple situations, drives invasive success

They say a weed can grow almost anywhere, and researchers at the University of British Columbia have found the reason is genetic. They looked at one successful weedy plant, the Jerusalem artichoke, to see why it survives, thrives and spreads. Understanding how invasive plants evolve and the genetic underpinnings that enable them to thrive in […] Read more



That’s one rich ditch

Our History: May 1994

Both the U.S. Midwest and the Canadian Prairies suffered from too much moisture in 1993, but things had switched by the spring of 1994. This photo in our May 26 issue showed a ditch full of topsoil north of Carman, the result of gale-force winds on May 17. A recently bulldozed shelterbelt could be seen […] Read more


CASA and Glacier FarmMedia team up for safety

A promotional campaign will support CASA’s support and education programs

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is once again partnering with Glacier FarmMedia and its publications the Manitoba Co-operator, Alberta Farmer Express and Le Bulletin des agriculteurs to support farm safety initiatives. This marks the third year that Glacier FarmMedia has supported CASA initiatives as a media sponsor, advertising and celebrating both the Back to […] Read more



No pressure

A new process promises to produce ammonia without the high energy requirements of the Haber-Bosch process

A new lower-energy catalytic reaction could change the way ammonia-based fertilizer is made in the future. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory say the approach uses small carbon spikes, aided by lithium salt and the application of an electrical field. “It’s a catalyst that operates completely based on the electric […] Read more


Farmers Edge releases road map

The company is promising a host of new digital agriculture tools

A homegrown ag technology giant says it’s expecting to launch more than 90 new digital agronomic tools in the coming months. Winnipeg’s Farmers Edge released a “comprehensive R&D road map” May 1, touting its ability to leverage data analytics and high-tech approaches like machine learning to enable “data-driven decision-making” that supports high-yield crop production. Farmers […] Read more



The Worlds Greatest Cream Saver

Our History: May 1927

You could get a big allowance on your old machine, a 10-day free trial and “the most generous time in which to pay up” if you purchased the Melotte cream separator advertised in the May 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel, which was the predecessor to the Co-operator. The Co-operative Dairies report that month said […] Read more


VIDEO: Spring seeding in the Interlake

Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey heads out into a few fields in the Interlake north of Winnipeg to find out how seeding is progressing for farmers in the area and what they’re seeing in terms of soil moisture. Video editing by Greg Berg. This video first appeared on the Grainews website.



Pitura Seeds expanding

A new facility will more than triple the company’s cleaning capacity

A Manitoba seed company has broken ground on what it describes as the largest family-owned pedigreed seed-processing operation in Western Canada. Pitura Seeds is building a “state-of-the-art” cleaning facility that can handle up to 1,000 bushels an hour, with the potential to double that capacity in the future about three miles west of Domain, to […] Read more


Modern behaviour rooted in farming legacy

Researchers in China say even non-farmers reflect their agriculture heritage

There could be a lot of behaviour that’s rooted in historic agriculture, at least in modern China. Researchers there say they’ve been observing the social interactions of Starbucks customers in six cities. What they’ve found is that they can tell if a person comes from a rice- or wheat-growing area, regardless if that individual is […] Read more