From the Archives: Plant breeder studies frost damage effects

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 18, 1942

J.G. Clark, who had been Sask-atchewan’s livestock commissioner for 25 years, was appointed Canada’s agriculture commissioner in Great Britain. He replaced William Allen, who had died in enemy action at sea in May 1941.

J.B. Harrington of the University of Saskatchewan’s field husbandry department was looking for details of frost damage in flax fields. The plant breeder wanted to know at what stage seedlings had been damaged. Harrington also welcomed information on how frost had affected different varieties of wheat, oats and barley.

50 years ago: June 22, 1967

Canadian National Railway, which operated the rail line to the port of Churchill, was asked during a meeting of the Hudson Bay Route Association to do everything it could to increase traffic to the northern port. Suggestions included more actively soliciting business and offering freight rate incentives.

Japan was asking Canada for a wheat price cut. The Asian county said world production was expected to increase and it already had ample supplies.

Japan had bought 3.3 to 4.3 million bushels of wheat a month under the previous import agreement with Canada.

25 years ago: June 18, 1992

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The Saskatchewan government introduced controversial lease-back legislation to force lenders to rent land back to farmers who had turned it over to resolve a debt, but federal Agriculture Minister Bill McKnight said Farm Credit Corp. would be under orders not to obey the provincial law if it conflicted with federal law.

Canadian Wheat Board commissioner Bill Smith died after falling while on a boat tour during a sales mission to China. The wheat board stopped selling grain for one day in his honour.

10 years ago: June 21, 2007

Wheat prices were rising, but it wasn’t all roses for prairie growers. “The fertilizer is eating it all up,” said farmer Ed Rempel of Starbuck, Man. “I’m relieved, not happy.”

Wheat board director Ian McCreary told a Transport Canada panel reviewing railway safety that deteriorating track, derailed cars and leaking gates and hatches were costing prairie farmers millions of dollars, raising concerns among customers and endangering the lives of people and wildlife.

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