From the Archives: New reservoir supplies Sask. irrigation water

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: Aug. 7, 1941

A federal order-in-council that superseded provincial creditor protection legislation continued to worry prairie farmers. United Farmers of Canada said rural municipalities in Saskatchewan were refusing farmers’ requests for credit advances for harvest materials because the federal order took away their legal power to collect on those advances.

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president J.H. Wesson said a 15 cent a bushel processing tax on wheat never accomplished its goal of giving farmers a parity price for domestically consumed wheat because it wasn’t applied equitably and wasn’t high enough. He thought it should have been 50 cents a bu. Ottawa had recently announced it was dropping the tax.

Mr. and Mrs. F.E.M. Robinson’s family was named the master farm family for southern Alberta in 1955. They were from Pincher Creek, Alta. | File photo

Mr. and Mrs. F.E.M. Robinson’s family was named the master farm family for southern Alberta in 1955. They were from Pincher Creek, Alta. | File photo

50 years ago: Aug. 4, 1966

The Saskatchewan government announced a program of grants and loans for farmers near the new dam on the South Saskatchewan River who would be changing to irrigation once the reservoir was complete. The reservoir would eventually be called Lake Diefenbaker.

Farm cash receipts for the first three months of the year were estimated to be a record $1.046 billion, seven percent higher than the previous high of $975.4 million recorded the previous year. The increase was attributed to higher receipts from cattle, hogs, poultry products, tobacco, flaxseed and rapeseed. Offsetting the gains were much lower Canadian Wheat Board participation payments on previous years’ grain and reduced returns from potatoes and wheat.

25 years ago: Aug. 8, 1991

Farmers who had trouble delivering grain before the end of the crop year because of congestion in the grain handling system received an extension. The rush to deliver was prompted by dramatically lower initial payments for the new crop year.

Low prices left some Saskatchewan farmers reluctantly welcoming a hailstorm that devastated their crops. They said they would make more money from crop insurance than from selling their crop.

10 years ago: Aug.3, 2006

Federal agriculture minister Chuck Strahl asked the wheat board for input into establishing a dual market, but CWB chair Ken Ritter said the agency wasn’t interested in offering advice on how to dismantle single desk marketing.

The federal government an-nounced plans to set up a two-year $550 million program to help low income farm families raise their incomes, develop business plans and upgrade their skills.

Farm groups condemned the move as an attempt to push low income farmers off their land.

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