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Chapter 14: Agriculture

14.5: An Agricultural Area Northwest of Dauphin

The commonly held perception of Manitoba as a land with endless fields of grain with little variation is grossly inaccurate as demonstrated by this photo. This relatively flat land is located east of the foot of Duck Mountain (off the photo to the west). There is no topographic hindrance to division of the land into sections 1 and quarter sections 2, both of which are easily identified. Using tonal variations as a basis for identification, it is seen that most quarter sections are divided into several fields, as many as 10 in one case 3. This area is near the highest levels reached by Lake Agassiz, and several indistinct strandlines—some of which influence field shapes 4—can be seen. Soils are on the whole good enough for arable agriculture, but a significant percentage of dark-toned woodland remains 5. Variations in tone within cropped fields 6 indicate different crop types, or different stages of the same crop. Fallow fields have a characteristically mottled texture 7.

The eastward-flowing woodland-fringed Valley River 8, with several small abandoned channels 9, traverses the southern part. The small settlement of Valley River 10 is located near where PR 362 11 crosses the river.

The photo shows the border between townships 26 and 27 12. This is the boundary between the first and second systems of the DLS with a minor jog between the two systems resulting in a bend on PR 362 13.

Figure 14.5: The Agricultural Area Northwest of Dauphin

Figure 14.5: The Agricultural Area Northwest of Dauphin

Figure 14.5

Vertical air photograph: A24741-68

Flight height: 26,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.456 mm

Scale: 1:52,000 (approx.)

Date: July 12, 1977

Location: Townships 26 and 27; Ranges 19 and 20W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62N Duck Mountain

                    1:50,000 62N/1 Dauphin

                                   62N/8 Sifton