Table of Contents
2: Location, Borders, and Lakes
3: Geologic Structure and Landforms
6: Pre-historic and Early Historic Settlements
7: Survey Systems
8: Southern Hamlets, Villages, and Towns
9: Mennonite and Hutterite Settlements
10: First Nations Settlements
11: Northern Settlements
12: The Southern Cities
13: Mining and Oil Extraction
15: Industry / Manufacturing
16: Water Resources
17: Parks, Recreation, Sports
18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present
19: Legal Issues and Law Enforcement
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The distribution of agricultural land in south and central Manitoba is easily mapped using small-scale images that provide an overview. At a larger scale the patterns produced by various stages of harvesting provide some of the most distinctive images of southern Manitoba. Old photos record obsolete techniques, and newer images demonstrate techniques used to cope with high evaporation rates and limited precipitation (field shelterbelts and irrigation). As with natural vegetation, so too with crops, colour infrared photos are useful in detecting crop types and diseases.
14.19: Old Harvesting Techniques Near Treesbank
The deep, wooded valley of the northward-flowing Souris River 1 can be seen in the west. The CP railway line 2 crosses the Souris in the southeast corner.
Most of the land east of the Souris has been cleared for agriculture except for some wooded, poorly defined drainage channels 3. The fact that some of the trees (probably aspen Populus tremuloides) are light-toned 4 indicates that the photo was taken in the fall—aspen turn to a delicate yellow in fall.
Fields are in different stages. In many cases lines along which stooks were placed can be seen 5 along with large straw piles 6. Loose straw has been blown from the piles in a generally southward direction 7. Another field that has been combined 8 has had some of the remaining stubble burned 9. In other fields there is no indication of a crop 10 and one—very dark-toned—11 has been cultivated in preparation for next year’s crop.
Although section lines can be seen 12, there are no gravel roads, and only two farmsteads 13 can be seen in the area of about six square miles.
Figure 14.19: Old Harvesting Techniques Near Treesbank
Vertical air photograph: A11124-16
Flight height: 12,400 feet; lens focal length: 8 inches
Scale: 1:17,000 (approx.)
Date: October 4, 1947
Location: Township 7; Range 16W1
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62G/12 Wawanesa