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Beet harvesting near Rosetown in 1970's.

Credit: J. C. Fehr

sudden demand. By 1976 wheat acreages in Rhineland surpassed 1920 levels again accounting for almost half of all field crops.

Fig. 32 Field Crops in the R.M. of Rhineland 1961-1976 (acres)
1961 1966 1971 1976
174288 195042 200038
46112 63999 54659
30263 28953 19617
8069 12742 34058
125 187 180
45440 43547 7716
248 977 13564
2277 4454 4189
8869 7363 5851
826 570 2067

Field Crops Wheat

Oats

Barley

Rye

Flax

Rape

Other Mixed Grains Fodder

Potatoes

Source: Census of Canada.

Sunflowers also made a recovery in Rhineland during the 1960's with the introduction of new Russian seeds selected and adapted for Manitoba conditions at the Morden Experimental farm. These new Russian varieties "Peredovik" and "Armavirec" had a high oil content and matured early, re-establishing the sunflower as the primary oil seed crop in the municipality. Sunflower acreage in southern Manitoba stabilized around the 40,000 to 60,000 acres during the 1960's, but in

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