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eva Lab technician - Bill Keh ler 1946-47.
Credit: W. J. Kehler
The combination of rust, lower prices and the floods of 1950 convinced farmers that growing sunflowers was no longer profitable and by 1952 only 3,000 acres were seeded to sunflowers. With the plant standing idle the directors looked to other crops and in 1950 began importing soy beans from the United States. Soy beans kept the plant solvent and in large part were responsible for the co-op's gradual recovery. By 1956 eva was again expanding its plant.
Although eva had turned to an imported crop to survive, it continued to work on a rust resistant variety of sunflower to be grown locally. In 1948 eva had hired an agronomist to initiate its own research program and by 1952 had developed a rust resistant variety of sunflower. Thereafter, sunflower acreage again rose, albeit, slowly.
The other major industry in town was D. W. Friesen and Sons printing business. Expansion began in 1948 when D. W. Friesen's three
D. W. Friesen and Sons Ltd. - New Printing Plant -1953.
Credit: D. K. Friesen