From the Archives: A ‘great year’ dashed by snow and frost in Sask. and Alta.

The University of Saskatchewan’s engineering department conducted a pulling demonstration in this undated photo.  |  File photo

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: Sept. 3, 1942

Soldiers in army depots and basic training centres in Saskatchewan would be granted leave for harvesting in that province if circumstances warranted. However, the policy would not apply to soldiers who were expected to move soon to another part of the country or who were in operational positions on the east and west coasts.

A storm of cyclone proportions caused crop and property damage in south-central Saskatchewan that was expected to run into the millions of dollars. Regina bore the brunt of the 135 km-h winds.

50 years ago: Sept. 7, 1967

British bakers were using less Canadian wheat to make bread. G. Kimber, described as a leading agricultural scientist, told the British Association for Science that a new bread-making process had made it possible to use a higher proportion of British-grown wheat.

The Canadian Wheat Board restricted shipments to what is now Thunder Bay as the Seafarers International Union strike entered its third week. The strike-blocked Great Lakes formed a barrier to eastern movement, and the pinch began to be felt at prairie elevators.

25 years ago: Sept. 3, 1992

Canada resumed wheat shipments to Russia after that country made a $20 million payment and presented a plan on how it intended to reduce its account.

The wheat board had begun refusing to load ships bound for Russia after the country fell $100 million in arrears on its $1.5 billion line of credit.

Crop quality and yield took a hit in large areas of Alberta and Sask-atchewan after snow and freezing temperatures hit the region. “It was looking like a great year, but now it looks like we’ll just have enough crop to carry on,” said Lloyd Mercer of Lethbridge.

10 years ago: Sept. 6, 2007

Alberta’s Leduc County banned the production of canola for five years in fields where clubroot had been found.

Twenty-five percent of canola fields had tested positive for the disease, and Rick Thomas of the county’s agricultural services division said the hard line was justified. “Canola has been important to the success of farmers in this part of Alberta, and our council has decided to try to stop the spread of this disease,” he said.

The new company that was formed when Saskatchewan Wheat Pool bought Agricore United officially received a new name. It was so new that The Western Producer felt compelled to provide a pronunciation guide — VY-terra.

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