From the Archives: Sask. looked to U.S. for help with harvest during wartime

A grain elevator is moved in Saskatoon in June 1960.  |  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: July 30, 1942

Saskatchewan planned to use as much American machinery and as many U.S. labourers as the country could make available to harvest the fall crop, said the central committee of the provincial harvest campaign. Revised regulations would now make this possible, said deputy agriculture minister H.F. Auld.

Harvest helpers riding to and from harvesting operations on the Prairies were exempted from a Wartime Prices and Trade Board order prohibiting trucks from carrying passengers.

50 years ago: Aug. 3, 1967

Alberta farmers were signing onto the new crop insurance program in droves. Nearly 10,000 producers had coverage exceeding $36 million, compared to 4,400 producers with $13 million in coverage the previous year.

The program was available to only one-third of the province, but it was hoped to cover all areas where practical within three years.

A joint board conference of the National Farmers Union authorized its executive to take strike action if it thought it was needed to back up farmers’ demands for better agriculture policy.

However, The Western Producer never spelled out what the NFU defined as a farm strike.

25 years ago: July 30, 1992

Initial payments for the new crop year went up slightly from the previous year.

For example, prices for top grade wheat increased $3 a tonne to $112.

Grains and Oilseeds Minister Charlie Mayer said the increase was a sign of steady improvement in the agriculture economy, but farmers weren’t impressed.

“It’s certainly nothing for anybody to get too excited about,” said Hugh Drake of Elkhorn, Man.

Richard Klassen, a Canadian Wheat Board commissioner, told farmers they would have to decide if they wanted to continue giving up “individual freedoms” for a central marketing agency. It would be up to them and not board employees to determine if the wheat board should be around in 25 years, he added.

10 years ago: Aug. 2, 2007

A Russian company was close to reaching a deal to buy Buhler, the Canadian firm that built tractors in Winnipeg.

It was expected that the purchase by Rostselmash would make it easier for Buhler to compete against the big implement manufacturers.

Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Lacombe, Alta., celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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