From the Archives: New farm equipment rationed to divert steel to war efforts

Sugar beets were piled in a field beside the Manitoba Sugar Company plant in a photo likely taken in the early 1950s.  |  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: Oct. 8, 1942

Cora Hind, an internationally recognized reporter who became famous for the accuracy of her annual Canadian wheat crop forecasts, died at the age of 81. Hind spent much of her career covering agriculture for the Winnipeg Free Press and later wrote a column the Free Press Prairie Farmer.

The Wartime Prices and Trade Board announced plans to ration new farm equipment. The manufacture of farm tools and machinery had already been cut to divert steel to war plants.

50 years ago: Oct. 12, 1967

Canadian wheat yields for 1967 were now expected to be 19.7 bu. per acre, which was lower than 27.9 bu. per acre in 1966 but close to the 10 year average of 20.2 bu. per acre.

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool planned to build 12 new elevators in the upcoming year. The board had authorized a capital budget of $4.1 million.

25 years ago: Oct. 8, 1992

The federal government an-nounced it would continue the interest free cash advance program for another year. The previous program had expired July 31, and Agriculture Minister Bill McKnight said the government was late renewing it because of the trouble it had had finding the required $50 million.

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association wanted the Canadian Wheat Board to set up a separate pool for top-quality wheat so that farmers wouldn’t lose money because of the pooling system.

However, the wheat board said it couldn’t do so because of a federal court ruling in a mid-1980s lawsuit related to a similar request.

10 years ago: Oct. 11, 2007

A major bank said rising grain prices were partly to blame for the strengthening loonie. “Oil has grabbed the attention of Canadian dollar trackers, but fueling the body, as well as the car, is also becoming a source of support for the Canadian currency,” said the CIBC.

Farmland prices increased on the Prairies in the first half of 2007, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Farm Credit Canada said prices were up 6.4 percent in Alberta, three percent in Saskatchewan and 1.7 percent in Manitoba.

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