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Weed-Bane herbicide, ‘harmless to humans’

Our History: May 1948

Naugatuck Weed-Bane advertised in our May 6, 1948 issue was said to be a 2,4-D formulation developed specifically for Canada’s colder climate, and harmless to grass, soil, animals and humans.

We reported that flooding was causing serious damage along the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and that many homes had been flooded on low river land in Brandon. A dam had burst at Minnedosa, and a five-foot wall of water had crashed through town causing heavy property damage.

Spring field work was barely underway across the province, with and assuming good weather was not expected to be general until May 12.

The late spring and flooding were slowing the rural electrification program, which planned for electrification of 5,000 farms that year.

The Canadian Federation was pressing for the Canadian Wheat Board to take over marketing of oats and barley. In a radio broadcast, the previous week, Alberta Premier E.C. Manning said there was no necessity for the provinces to pass complementary legislation to allow this. Meanwhile, the board had been handling flaxseed subsequent to taking it over during the Second World War, and it announced an adjustment payment of 50 cents per bushel.

In Ottawa, Agriculture Minister James Gardiner said discussions were proceeding on lifting the U.S. embargo on imports of Canadian cattle.

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