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Chapter 14: Agriculture

14.6: Agricultural Fields on the Red River Plain

This large-scale photo shows agricultural fields on the upper part of the Lake Agassiz Plain southwest of Carman. Two branches of Tobacco Creek 1, which drains east to the Morris River and ultimately to the Red, join in the centre of the area. Other minor creeks 2, as well as a sharply defined artificial ditch 3, drain to these. Most of the land is devoted to agriculture, but some woodland is preserved along the creek courses 4 as well as in the northwest section 5.

Parts of nine sections can be seen, and seven of them are divided into quarter sections; in the other two 6 the land division system is disrupted by the existence of the north branch of Tobacco Creek. Despite the fact that the land is generally flat minor variations of relief are picked out by tonal differences. Dark patches represent low-lying wet areas 7, and in some places soil erosion has even occurred 8.

The photograph was taken in late July when most of the grain crops were probably still green, resulting in dark tones. Within quarter sections fields supporting different crops or crops at different stages are identified by slight tonal variations 9. In the southeast one very light-toned field 10 is probably a grain crop that has changed from green to yellow/beige.

Settlement within the area is sparse, with only seven farmsteads 11 visible. One gravel road crosses the area trending east/west 12 with a bend to bypass Tobacco Creek 13.

Figure 14.6: Agricultural Fields on the Red River Plain

Figure 14.6: Agricultural Fields on the Red River Plain

Figure 14.6

Vertical air photograph: A16183-5

Flight height: 10,500 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.63 m

Scale: 1:18,600 (approx.)

Date: July 22, 1958

Location: Township 5; Ranges 5W1 and 6W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/8 Miami