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Stubble Burning Near Minnedosa

This photo shows part of the Minnedosa “pothole” country west of Minnedosa. Numerous depressions, some water-filled (the largest is St. James Slough) 1and others covered by marshes 2 and trees 3 make large-scale grain farming with large machinery difficult.

Much of the land has been left fallow 4, or crops have been removed. These areas are dark-toned with light-toned crests 5. Harvesting has been completed, leaving behind various pieces of photo evidence. In the east, lines along which stooks were deposited can be seen 6 as well as straw piles 7. This very old method of harvesting is no longer practised. Prevailing northwest winds have blown loose straw to the southeast, resulting in light-toned areas near the piles 8. Fields in the west are very light-toned 9, resulting from wide rows of straw left after combining.

At the time the photo was taken, a common practice was to burn stubble in the fall to make it easier to work the land in the spring. Irregular dark-toned patches resulting from stubble burning can be seen 10.

Section 11 and quarter section lines 12 can be seen with PR 355 13—almost flooded at this time 14—following a section line, the northern boundary of Township 14. This is a correction line with a westward jog of almost a mile (1.6 km) 15.

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Stubble Burning Near Minnedosa