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  • The butterfly effect of desert rains

    July 18, 2017

    The rainfalls seen earlier this spring in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico are expected to give a significant boost to Prairie butterfly populations this summer. According to University of Alberta entomologist John Acorn, it’s rare for populations of the Painted Lady butterfly — which breeds primarily in the southern U.S. and Mexico — to reach […]

  • Making connections to move livestock

    July 18, 2017

    Ranchers needing to move animals out of wildfire zones in British Columbia’s Interior are being asked to contact the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association. The BCCA, on its website, said it’s helping to co-ordinate haulers with producers who need to evacuate livestock. Affected producers are asked to contact the BCCA at [email protected] An interactive map has also […]

  • Live WeatherFarm demo to be on display at Ag in Motion

    July 12, 2017

    WeatherFarm will be on full display at the 2017 Ag in Motion Farm Expo. Two permanently installed weather stations will be showcased around the site, along with a demo station and the WeatherFarm.com online platform available in the booth for visitors to see up close. One weather station has been operating at the Ag in […]

  • Could biochar cut cows’ greenhouse gassiness?

    July 12, 2017

    Scientists in Alberta are testing charred plant fibre as a way to reduce cattle’s contribution to the planet’s greenhouse gas load. Biochar can be made from any type of feedstock with a fibre component, be it sawmill waste, nut hulls or other plant wastes that often go into composting systems. The federal government on July […]

  • How farmers and ranchers can stand up to wildfires

    July 6, 2017

    A helicopter bucketing a forest fire in the Okanagan Valley British Columbia

    AgSafe – Approximately 2,000 wildfires occur each year in British Columbia. The effect of wildfires on the province’s agriculture community can be devastating and costly, and in 2016 alone, more than half of B.C.’s wildfires were caused by humans. Wildfire season is in effect on B.C. so it’s important that ranchers, farmers, growers, and others who make their […]

  • Storm safety tips for the road

    July 6, 2017

    A photo of a tornado at the end of the road.

    If you find yourself in your car or truck staring down a funnel cloud, what do you do? Tornado season is here and CAA Manitoba has a few tips that can help you stay safe so you can reach your destination. “If you see a funnel cloud forming, the best thing to do is pull over […]

  • Fighting crop drought with vinegar

    June 29, 2017

    RIKEN – Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought tolerance in a wide range of plants. Published in Nature Plants, the study reports a newly discovered biological pathway that is activated in times of drought. By working out the details of this […]

  • Measuring the path of water runoff

    June 29, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He’ll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path that water follows from the field during and after the rainstorm. Ross, a […]

  • Peas may yield potential in big sky country

    June 22, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This transition is not without its share of unknowns, however. Yield and performance of pea crops depend on both their genetics and the environment. Environmental factors such as […]

  • Corn better as food than biofuel

    June 22, 2017

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the […]