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‘While you wait’ truck service when picking up coal

Our History: September 1961

With chilly nights approaching, this ad in our Sept. 28, 1961 issue told farmers they could get 10-minute service when picking up their coal at Cumming and Dobie in Brandon.

“Rapeseed is here to stay” was the title of the editorial earlier that month, noting that while farmers had not been enthusiastic about the crop when it was grown for wartime supplies of industrial oil, they were now growing larger supplies for the growing edible oil market and that acreage could reach two million in the next few years.

Also in the news that month was that a new species of “synthetic” grain — the wheat/rye cross later named triticale — was proving successful with a yield of 50 bushels per acre on a farm near Darlingford. That compared with an average wheat yield of only 15 bushels in the area that year, the driest on record so far on the Prairies. The protein content reflected the yield. The Board of Grain Commissioners — now the Canadian Grain Commission — reported that preliminary samples showed an average wheat protein of 14.4 per cent, well above the long-term average of 13.6 per cent. It said the highest protein levels on record were 15.1 per cent in 1941 and 14.9 per cent in 1936.

As a result of the drought, representatives of western farm organizations met that month with federal Agriculture Minister Alvin Hamilton to request assistance, with graduated payments to farmers with yields of 12 bushels or less.

A statement after a meeting of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association blasted the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, saying it could lead to bacterial diseases that would no longer respond to the “so-called wonder drugs.”

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