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: Oct. 22, 1942
Canada would be able to send another million hogs to Great Britain if 100,000 Saskatchewan farms each raised 10 more pigs, federal food administrator J.G. Taggart said. His comments weren’t aimed at large producers already struggling with a labour shortage or those who didn’t have enough feed to raise more livestock, he added.
Apple growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley were eying the Prairies as a possible replacement for lost markets in Great Britain due to the war.
A larger apple crop was making the search for new markets even more critical.
50 years ago: Oct. 26, 1967
Canada’s two main railways planned to increase their rates for shipping cream by 1,000 percent, which was expected to put out of business producers without alternative truck service. The new rate, which Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway said had been approved by the Board of Transport Commissioners, would jump to $6.35 per can from 65 cents.
Wheat shipments from the world’s four major wheat exporters — the United States, Canada, Argentina and Australia — dropped 16 percent from the previous year’s record 1.93 billion bushels.
25 years ago: Oct. 22, 1992
United Grain Growers posted net income of $7.3 million, which was the best bottom line for the company since 1984. It was a dramatic turnaround from three years earlier when UGG lost $9.3 million.
Farmers would get the opportunity to elect five of the nine producer members of the Senior Grain Transportation Committee. The other four members were acclaimed.
The 28 member advisory committee studied transportation issues and made recommendations to the federal government.
10 years ago: Oct. 25, 2007
Soaring grain prices were good news for farmers but not for the biofuel industry.
“I’ve sat down and crunched the numbers and it’s just a real challenge right now, given the current price of canola,” said Judie Dyck, president of the Saskatchewan Biofuels Development Council.
Lillian, which was introduced in 2006, was the most popular wheat variety in 2007 at 14.8 percent of seeded area on the Prairies.
AC Barrie was second at 13.8 percent and Superb, which was the previous year’s leader, was third at 12.8 percent.
“I really am very, very surprised,” said Agriculture Canada breeder Ron DePauw, who helped develop the variety.