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 that year, and lost half of his leafcutter bees. Crop insurance data showed that was general, with 38 per cent of land in the Interlake going unseeded.
Cool weather was general across the province that year. Weather columnist Daniel Bezte, wearing his other hat as chair of the Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, said his potential entry for the Great Pumpkin Festival in Roland had only reached 75 pounds.
We reported the first sign of finding Triffid, the unregistered variety of genetically modified flax, in a cargo of Canadian flax which was being prevented from being unloaded in Europe. Flax bids had dropped from around $10 a bushel to as low as $6.78 in a few days.
In livestock news, the issue contained a reminder that as of Jan. 1, 2010, all cattle needed to be tagged with a CFIA-approved radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. Cattle producers were welcoming a WTO ruling which favoured Canada’s case against South Korea in its refusal to accept Canadian beef.
However, there was no good news in the hog industry — an op-ed piece reflected on its current state, with producers said to be losing about $40 per head.