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‘Why you should own a Versatile sprayer’

Our History: May 15, 1958

This Versatile 40-foot boom-type sprayer advertised in our May 15, 1958 issue featured Delavan Select-A-Spray control at the fingertips of the operator. Weather was the big news that month. Seeding had apparently been early that year — a story in the May 1 issue said that after being one of the “hot spots” in North […] Read more


Manure map raises recycling hopes

A study shows potential for farmers to reclaim phosphorus fertilizer

A New Jersey university is mapping the world’s manure in an effort to jump-start a movement to recycle phosphorus. In the April 2019 issue of Earth’s Future, a research team from Stevens Institute of Technology mapped the journey of phosphorus from soil to crops, to livestock and humans, and eventually into sewers and landfills. This […] Read more



Pot Hole On City Street, A Hazard To Motorists

Rural routes prominent on CAA’s worst road list

Three rural roads made the top ten of CAA’s list of Manitoba’s worst roads. Coming in second, Provincial Trunk Highway 34 near Austin. PTH 23, which runs roughly from Hartney in Southwestern Manitoba to La Rochelle in Southeastern Manitoba, is seventh on the list. PTH 32, near Winkler, rounds out the list at number 10. […] Read more


Mound Wildlife Association recognized for efforts

The revitalized group received the PVCD 2019 conservation award

A revitalized wildlife group is the recipient of the 2019 Pembina Valley Conservation District conservation award. The Mound Wildlife Association (MWA) ceased operation in 2000 after a 15-year run but was revived in 2015, with an emphasis on youth involvement. An inaugural free Kids Fishing Derby in 2015 attracted 24 participants to Goudney Reservoir for […] Read more



Seeding begins, then came a downpour

Our History: May 1999

As indicated on the front page of our May 13, 1999 issue, seeding was off to a good start that spring. But page two carried a story which would become all too familiar that year and for several years after. The previous week, seeding in the normally dry southwest corner of the province had been […] Read more


In Your Co-operator this Week: May 9

1. Farmers grow frustrated: Some Canadian farmers, no closer to knowing when they’ll regain access to their biggest canola customer, are going from feelings of uncertainty and anxiety to anger and frustration. “We demand action,” Ian Steppler, who farms near Deerwood, Man., wrote on Facebook last week. The federal government and grain industry are committed […] Read more



Espousing the benefits of hand separators

Our History: April 1898

The April issue of The Nor’-West Farmer and Miller carried this photo of the Macdonald Creamery at Portage la Prairie, along with an article on the benefits of hand separators. “The first and most pronounced way in which separators save money is by taking more butter fat out of the milk. It is estimated by […] Read more


University researchers model photosynthesis

They say it’s an important window into this crucial biological process and how it affects crop yields

In the next two decades, crop yields need to increase dramatically to feed the growing global population. Wouldn’t it be incredibly useful if we had a crystal ball to show us what are the best strategies available to increase crop yields? A team of scientists have just developed exactly that: a dynamic model that predicts […] Read more



PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: April 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


New and better auto insurance

Our History: April 1971

This ad in our April 22, 1971 issue told Manitobans that they would soon have a new auto-insurance program. The front-page headline that issue was about federal Bill C-176, which provided for the establishment of national marketing boards. It had opened an east-west split in the country, with eastern dairy and poultry farmers favouring the […] Read more