From the Archives: Pastures wither in heat; Ottawa helps secure hay

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: July 23, 1942

The prairie wheat pools said they were prepared to reduce their handling charges for “street wheat” delivered to the Canadian Wheat Board by half a cent per bushel for 1942-43.

The Saskatchewan section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) named a new leader as the party prepared for an anticipated early provincial election. His name? Tommy Douglas, a CCF member of Parliament from Weyburn.

50 years ago: July 27, 1967

Saskatchewan’s wheat crop continued to deteriorate in the hot, dry weather, and the provincial government announced it would pay half the costs of emergency assistance to help producers transport hay and haying equipment to where it was needed.

Don Meredith of Alberta Fish and Wildlife showed Darrol Hurley, 14, of Beaverlodge, Alta., Lisa Lieverse, 15, of Beaverlodge and Wade Martin, 14, of Granite County, Montana, how teeth can be used to estimate the age of a grizzly bear skull during the Alberta 4-H Conservation Camp at Silver Creek Ranch in July 1983. | File photo

Fertilizer use by prairie farmers increased to 214,711 tons in 1966 from 18,000 tons 10 years earlier. A 30 percent increase was expected for 1967.

25 years ago: July 23, 1992

Determined to improve labour relations in the grain industry, federal Labour Minister Marcel Danis met with employers, unions and other officials in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver. An industry-wide forum was also anticipated for August.


The federal government had stepped in three times in 1991 to end strikes and lockouts that had shut down parts of the grain export system.

Only one-third of the farmers who had mistakenly received payments from the Western Grain Stabilization Administration had paid back the overpayments by the July 15 due date.

Those who had paid up tended to be the ones who owed the least amount of money.

10 years ago: July 26, 2007

A heat wave in Alberta was expected to reduce a promising crop to less than average. Ranchers reported that the Pincher Creek area had received three milli-metres of rain in the previous six weeks.

Cereal leaf beetles had been found in southern Alberta. The pest, which was new to the Prairies, targeted oats and was said to reduce yields by 55 percent in that crop and 25 percent in wheat and barley.