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‘Wypout’ your wild oats

Our History: April 1979

‘Wypout’ your wild oats

Uniroyal’s Wypout was available for wild oat control in April 1979 — an internet search doesn’t indicate the active ingredient.

The winter in 1978-79 had been the second coldest on record along with abundant snowfall, as was evident by the stories in our April 19 issue. The report from the Provincial Flood Forecasting Committee correctly predicted widespread flooding that spring. By the end of the month several million acres were under water and more than a third of the province’s rail lines were out of service. The wheat board had diverted 1,200 cars to some areas to accommodate emergency deliveries.

The province had initiated an emergency program to feed white-tailed deer, with up to 40 per cent not expected to survive the winter in some areas. And at Thunder Bay, grain was slow to move because of a late opening of navigation due to four feet of ice on Lake Superior.

Grain movement would get a boost from an announcement that the federal government would finance “rehabilitation” of another 1,000 boxcars for grain movement, bringing the total to 3,000. The government had already purchased 8,000 hopper cars for grain, but some branch lines at the time could not handle the heavier cars and the railways were losing 1,600 boxcars per year due to old age.

We reported the selection of the first executive of the new Manitoba Cattle Producers Association, with Norm Edie of Dugald as president, Larry Clifford of Dauphin as vice-president, Jack Douglas of Minnedosa as secretary and Maxwell Ross of Melita as treasurer. Plans were underway to begin collecting checkoffs to fund the organization.

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