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Manitoba Weed Fair precursor to Ag Days

Our History: January 1983

This ad from our Jan. 6, 1983 issue was for the Manitoba Weed Fair, an annual event which later grew into Ag Days. Back then it was held in two locations — Brandon and Winnipeg.

Leading the news that week was a story that the new marketing and stabilization plan under the Manitoba Beef Commission would be underway by Feb. 1, with 3,756 contracts for 221,000 head or 59 per cent of the province’s beef herd already enrolled. However, hog producers were without a stabilization plan — a new one was being drafted to replace one that had expired at the end of 1982.

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We reported that seed for Tobin, a Polish canola variety, would be in good supply for spring planting other than for regional shortages in Saskatchewan. Limited supplies of the new Argentine variety Westar would be available, mainly through crushers.

A list of recommended varieties released at the Manitoba Agronomists Conference included Bonanza, Conquest and Argyle barley; Dumont and Fidler oats; Cougar, Puma and Musketeer fall rye; and Katepwa, Columbus, Sinton and Neepawa CWRS wheat.

At a year-end news conference, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said that there was “pretty widespread consensus in the West” for changing the Crow rate so that railways could start expanding their networks.

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