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  • Has breeding highly productive corn reduced its ability to adapt?

    November 16, 2017

    University of Wisconsin-Madison – Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like drought or pests by changing how they grow. On a broader scale, crop breeders need to be able to develop new varieties that are adapted to a new location or changing growing conditions in the same […]

  • Soil minerals may act as huge carbon sink

    November 16, 2017

    Washington State University – A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenhouse-gas emissions helping warm Earth’s climate. Marc Kramer, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at WSU Vancouver, reports his […]


  • Easing soil temperatures with cover crops

    November 9, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won’t do well. Their seeds won’t germinate or […]

  • Plants grow well in ‘smart’ solar greenhouse

    November 9, 2017

    University of California – Santa Cruz – The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that “smart” greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production. “We have demonstrated that ‘smart greenhouses’ can capture solar energy for electricity without reducing […]


  • Examining potatoes’ past could improve their future

    November 2, 2017

    Michigan State University – The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. Robin Buell, Michigan State […]

  • Cover crops – the B & B of migratory birds

    November 2, 2017

    University of Illinois – After harvesting a corn or soybean crop, farmers may plant a cover crop for a variety of reasons–to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increase organic matter in the soil, and improve water quality. Now there’s another reason. University of Illinois research shows that migratory birds prefer to rest and refuel […]


  • New mapping tool tracks elk migration to reduce brucellosis risk in cattle

    October 26, 2017

    University of Wyoming – Wildlife managers and ranchers in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem soon will have a new mapping tool for reducing the risk of brucellosis outbreaks in cattle. That’s thanks to research led by scientists at the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Geological Survey. The team of biologists built a computer model of […]

  • A look at snow and super-cooled water

    October 26, 2017

    As we slowly work our way toward winter and several locations across the Prairies have seen snow, I thought it might be time to revisit the icy topic of snow. Instead of jumping straight into our discussion we’ll look at the process that creates precipitation in cold clouds, which, in our part of the world, […]


  • Rich ‘living mulch’ in a clover-corn combo

    October 19, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the […]

  • Winter forecast for Canada

    October 19, 2017

    From the East Coast to the West Coast, the winter weather forecast for Canada doesn’t appear to be lacking for snow. According to AccuWeather.com, the weather patterns currently lining up over Canada will be influenced by La Nina and could serve up plenty of precipitation. According to one of its meteorologists, warmer than normal waters […]