This Swift’s Hatchery ad from our Feb. 23, 1956 issue reminds of a time when most readers kept at least a few laying hens.
Among the news items we reported that month were that scientists at the university had developed methods of chemical control of wild oats in certain crops, and a wheat-rye cross that was being tested for milling and baking properties. It later became know as triticale.
The Morden Experimental Farm reported that soybeans were of interest to farmers in the southern part of the Red River Valley, having tested the varieties Acme, Kabott and Flambeau, with yields as high as 28.1 bushels with a range of 105 to 116 days to maturity. However, these yields were on hand-weeded crops on summerfallow, and it was expected the maximum yield on cereal stubble in farm conditions would only be 15 bushels.
The Brandon Experimental Farm reported that now was a good time to set up account books. “Farming today is a business and like any other business concerns the keeping of good accounting records is an essential.”
The University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture and home economics students were planning their winter fair that month. Among the events were the largest student seed fair in Canada, a tractor-driving competition and a queen contest. One girl from each of the diploma and degree courses would compete and be judged on appearance, personality and knowledge of agriculture. The winner would be declared “Miss Aggie Winter Fair.”