Manitoba Ag Days: Building on 40 years of success

By Miranda Leybourne


The City of Brandon is looking excitedly ahead to the 40th anniversary of Manitoba Ag Days, going so far as to officially proclaim Jan. 17-19 “Manitoba Ag Days”. But it’s not just Brandonites that are gearing up for the big event -- people from all over the province, the country and even the United States will be flocking to the Keystone Centre to take part in the historic event, including over 550 exhibitors and 60 speakers, including CBC’s Terry O’Reilly, the Little Potato Company’s Angela Santiago, Oil World’s Thomas Mielke, World Weather Inc’s Drew Learner and more. In addition, 17 new products will be marketed at the show this year, all revolving around the theme “Agriculture -- Think Global, Act Local”.

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Happy holidays to all of you

By Patricia Hanbidge

Saskatoon School of Horticulture Principal

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on the past year, but also to plan for the upcoming year. For gardeners, it is a chance to take the time to look at what worked over the last growing season and of course, what didn’t! If you happen to be a gardener who found that not much worked, don’t worry — there is still hope! Each of us will have had different experiences that reflect our tastes, styles and the level of expertise we have as gardeners.

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Old and new ways of bringing in the crop


Photo by Courtney Single

It was old meets new for the Single family last weekend. Single Bridge Ranch, a father-son partnership between David and Brad Single, were using their 2006 John Deere 9760 combine to harvest a crop of spring wheat at Waldersee.  With the help of family, neighbours and friends, they were also using a circa 1943 John Deere threshing machine. The threshing machine is currently owned by cousin Ron Mitchler, but it’s been in the family for a long time– it was owned by Brad’s great-grandfather. 

An unbelievable educational weekend

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Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

Forty-nine enthusiastic Manitoba and  Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the ninth annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup, July 29 to 31,in Neepawa. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top notch group of interested cattle producers and 91 head of cattle.

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Oakview’s open house

By Sheila Runions

Banner Staff

Last January, we reported on the opening of Oakview Equipment, an MTZ tractor dealership two miles west of Rapid City on Hwy. 24. An open house of the 2,860 square-foot shop was held for four hours on Thursday, Aug. 4. Besides collecting pamphlets, drinks and doughnuts, farmers also had the opportunity to ride along with owner Doug Finally in the K-744 Kirovet tractor for an up-close and personal feel of the machine.

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