Wonder crop: Flax not only pads the bank account, it makes your hair shiny too, according to new research released last week by the Flax Council of Canada. Study participants ate a flax-enriched nutrition bar for four weeks from Glanbia Nutritionals, the Irish multinational that bought Pizzey’s Milling of Angusville, Man. The results show “softness, smooth feel, lustre, shine, dryness, oiliness, as well as ease of combing and brushing, all improved significantly.” The research was conducted by a subsidiary of the Flax Council.
Haying tragedy: A 59-year-old Glenella-area farmer lost his life July 21 while attempting to climb aboard a moving tractor to stop it. Neepawa RCMP say Emil Petrowski was trying to start the tractor from outside the cab when it started while in gear and began to move forward. Petrowski was run over by the tractor and the baler it was towing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Comments from the Weathernet: The hay crop is somewhat less than normal, with a few exceptions. Pastures are improving, especially in the past couple of weeks. Crops prior to the past two weeks’ rain must have been right on the edge of going backward. They are looking mostly very good. Gardens are improving. – Deloraine, July 16
We missed all the rain forecast for July 14-16. Feeling is that we would rather get no moisture than three to four inches at this time. One more inch of rain the end of August would finish the crop. – Crystal City, July 16 Canola is growing very well, filling the sparse areas of the field. Even though some fields had manure applied in the spring under wet conditions, with the timeliness of the rains the crops are doing well!– St. Pierre Jolys, July 16
It has been getting drier but still on the cool side at night. We have been missing the bulk of the rains, especially to the east and south of us. We had a real cloudburst last night but that will appear on next week’s report. I cannot see how some of these warm-season crops can make it. – Oakville, July 24