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‘While you wait’ truck service when picking up coal

Our History: September 1961

With chilly nights approaching, this ad in our Sept. 28, 1961 issue told farmers they could get 10-minute service when picking up their coal at Cumming and Dobie in Brandon. “Rapeseed is here to stay” was the title of the editorial earlier that month, noting that while farmers had not been enthusiastic about the crop […] Read more


All whole grains fight diabetes

New research says the most important thing is that you eat enough of them

It doesn’t matter if it’s rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it is whole grain, it can prevent Type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from Swedish researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology. The ability to use whole grains for prevention of Type 2 diabetes — previously sometimes known […] Read more



Locations for Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission public hearings

Seven of the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission’s 13 public hearings have already taken place. The remaining six are as follows: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 – BEAUSEJOUR Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Sun-Gro Centre, Sunova Room 360 Veterans Lane, Beausejour TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 – STEINBACH Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Mennonite Heritage Village, Multipurpose Room Highway […] Read more


MCGA members offered free blackleg testing

Follow these steps to find out more about the genetics

The Manitoba Canola Growers is offering its members a free blackleg gene test. Better gene classification will help growers match blackleg-resistant canola varieties to races of the fungus found in the field. Members can qualify for one free test each. MCGA is offering the tests, which ordinarily cost $200, under the Pest Surveillance Initiative, which […] Read more



It never rains, it pours

Our History: September 2009

The front page of our Sept. 10, 2009 issue covered the results of a second wet year in the Interlake. Between May 1 and Aug. 30, Arborg had received 146 per cent of normal rainfall. Kelvin Einarson of Riverton, featured in the front-page photo, said he could only seed 40 per cent of his land […] Read more


Agriculture improving environmentally

More than a third of the world’s farms have already taken steps to lower their environmental impact while staying productive

When it comes to agriculture, things are getting a little better all the time. At least so says a consortium of 17 scientists in five countries who found nearly a third of the world’s farms have adopted more environmentally friendly practices while remaining productive. The global assessment analyzed farms that use some form of “sustainable […] Read more



PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: August 2018

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


Manitoba Pool offers hybrid pig

Our History: August 1968

Manitoba Pool was in the swine business in 1968, and also owned a packing plant in Brandon. This ad in our August 1, 1968 issue offered Pool hybrid pigs as well as assistance in setting up a barn. If you owned purebred Charolais, there was good news in that issue. The second World Charolais Sale […] Read more



Calling all plant cells

Internal communication system aids and guides plant development, researchers say

Western Canadian researchers have discovered an internal messaging system plants use to manage the growth and division of cells. These growth-management processes are critical for all organisms, because without them, cells can proliferate out of control — as they do in cancers and bacterial infections. Researchers from the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues […] Read more


Corn that finds its own nitrogen

Researchers have known about it since the 1980s but were only recently able to analyze it

Is it possible to grow cereal crops without having to rely on energy requiring commercial fertilizers? In a new study publishing August 7 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, researchers describe a newly identified corn variety which acquires nitrogen by feeding its sugars to beneficial bacteria, which can in turn take up nitrogen from the […] Read more