The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago.
75 years ago: June 26, 1941
The previous week’s worries of an imminent outbreak of equine encapholomyelitis in Saskatchewan horses proved to be well-placed. Cases were reported in the Elfros-Wynard, Saskatoon and Carlyle areas.
Dr. J.S. Fulton of the University of Saskatchewan’s veterinary science department expected it to be only the beginning.
The Dairy Pool, which was meeting in Saskatoon, decided to forego the banquet and dance that it usually held as part of its annual meetings. Instead, the organization donated its $500 entertainment budget to the Queen’s Canadian fund for air raid victims in Britain.
50 years ago: June 23, 1966
The Soviet Union agreed to buy $800,000 worth of wheat from Canada over three years. It was called the largest single commercial wheat transaction in the history of world trade.
Many farmers in southern Sask-atchewan were reporting spectacular success using a new herbicide to control wild buckwheat.
The herbicide, which contained bromoxynil octanoate, had been field tested in 1965 and was now on the market. It was selling under the name Buctril M.
25 years ago: June 27, 1991
Canada offered to help Poland pay back a $3.5 billion debt for grain and other products bought on credit a decade earlier. The debt would be rescheduled into a long-term loan at reduced interest rates. It was the first time the federal government had had to fulfill one of its loan guarantees made to the Canadian Wheat Board and the Export Development Corp.
Keystone Agricultural Producers launched an emergency membership drive because it was running out of money.
The 4,650 memberships sold in 1991 were so far below the 8,000 target that the organization didn’t have enough funds to operate for the final six months of its fiscal year.
10 years ago: June 22, 2006
It looked like Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Agricore United had finally put their financial houses in order and were preparing to expand again. Both companies were signalling that they were ready to make dramatic changes in strategic direction. Well, Sask Pool certainly was. A year later, it had bought up Agricore United and turned itself into Viterra.
The wheat board unveiled its new delivery exchange contract, which would allow a farmer who wanted to deliver grain sooner to swap delivery opportunities with a farmer who was willing to wait. The board hoped the move would satisfy critics of single desk marketing. It didn’t.