Canadian grain carry-overs were building in the late 1960s, prompting farmers to look for more storage space. This ad in our Aug. 15, 1968 issue said that a shed with whole year’s storage could be purchased for 15 cents per bushel, leaving a machinery storage building for the future.
The year turned out to have a large tough and damp crop, and signs of it appeared in our Aug. 8 issue which reported heavy lodging, delayed ripening and excessive flooding for much of the province. Frost damage was reported later in the month, followed by heavy rains of as much as 4.48 inches at Deerwood. Grain exports were again being slowed by one of the frequent Lakehead grain handlers’ strikes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the wheat board had begun negotiations to ship grain through Duluth, Minnesota.
In livestock news, it was announced that beef futures trading on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange would begin Sept. 3. At a Charolais sale in Red Deer, a gross of $519,950 was realized with an average of $10,607 for the 49 lots, just $318 short of the record the previous year. The Canadian-born full French calves were said to be the highlight of the sale, with eight averaging $30,500. A March 30, 1968 calf brought $53,000 followed by an April 11 calf which brought $52,000.