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Brigden’s ‘Assiniboine Valley’

Our History: May/June 1944

This photo of an F.H. Brigden painting titled “Assiniboine Valley” appeared in our May 1944 issue. A story said, “Lads from the Prairies” could view reproductions in the barracks, messes, libraries, hospitals and reading rooms where they were stationed overseas. The idea was sponsored by the National Gallery and the Department of National Defence and

Fight weeds with proven products!

Our History: June 1977

This Manitoba Pool ad in our June 9, 1977 issue illustrates some of the main chemicals available for weed control that year. A story in the previous issue listed new herbicides registered for the year: Stampede, Torch, Sencor, Mataven, Tordon 202C and Treflan Plus Avadex BW. Last week’s history item was from a year earlier

Fly your ‘Rapeyield 30’ pennant

Our History: June 1976

Some farmers were trying to beat the 100-bushel-per-acre canola challenge last year, but in June 1976 the goal was to beat the 30-bushel mark in Elanco’s Rapeyield 30 contest. The winner that year was 43 bushels. Our June 17 front page reported on a “major discovery” at the Agriculture Canada Research Station in Lethbridge. Two

Blowin’ in the wind

Our History: May 2008

The photo of dust blowing from a field near Miami was typical of many others across southern Manitoba on May 16, 2008. There were blizzard-like conditions in the Red River Valley, and Manitoba Agriculture reported that many fields had lost so much topsoil that seed was exposed. As of May 22, crop insurance officials reported

Pulverising harrow crushes clods

Our History: May 1887

This Acme Pulverising harrow, clod crusher and leveler was claimed as “Best Selling Tool on Earth” in the May 1887 of the Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller. The paper’s editors were running a series of competitions inviting readers to submit essays on various topics. That month’s issue featured two entries on the topic “How to

‘Hoop and Holler’ floods farmland

Our History: May 2011

The front page of our May 19, 2011 issue reminds of how different springs can be in Manitoba. It featured an aerial photo of the controlled release on the Hoop and Holler bend on the Assiniboine River near Portage la Prairie. The water was released onto neighbouring farmland to reduce pressure on riverbank properties farther

‘Why you should own a Versatile sprayer’

Our History: May 15, 1958

This Versatile 40-foot boom-type sprayer advertised in our May 15, 1958 issue featured Delavan Select-A-Spray control at the fingertips of the operator. Weather was the big news that month. Seeding had apparently been early that year — a story in the May 1 issue said that after being one of the “hot spots” in North

Seeding begins, then came a downpour

Our History: May 1999

As indicated on the front page of our May 13, 1999 issue, seeding was off to a good start that spring. But page two carried a story which would become all too familiar that year and for several years after. The previous week, seeding in the normally dry southwest corner of the province had been

Espousing the benefits of hand separators

Our History: April 1898

The April issue of The Nor’-West Farmer and Miller carried this photo of the Macdonald Creamery at Portage la Prairie, along with an article on the benefits of hand separators. “The first and most pronounced way in which separators save money is by taking more butter fat out of the milk. It is estimated by

New and better auto insurance

Our History: April 1971

This ad in our April 22, 1971 issue told Manitobans that they would soon have a new auto-insurance program. The front-page headline that issue was about federal Bill C-176, which provided for the establishment of national marketing boards. It had opened an east-west split in the country, with eastern dairy and poultry farmers favouring the