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  • Diverse rotations, poultry litter improve soybean yield

    May 18, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Continuous cropping systems without rotations or cover crops are perceived as unsustainable for long-term yield and soil health. Continuous systems, defined as continually producing a crop on the same parcel of land for more than three years, is thought to reduce yields. Given that crop rotations and soil amendments (cover […]

  • Storms that make hail

    Manitoba Co-operator – If you have spent any significant amount of time living on the Prairies, there is a good chance you have probably experienced a hailstorm. While hail can occur pretty much anywhere across North America, there are two main regions where the chances of experiencing a hailstorm are significantly higher. The first region is […]

  • Winter wheat takes a beating in Manitoba

    May 11, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – Mid-winter thaws hit hard at overwintering cereals in January and February, and farmers in eastern Manitoba are just now discovering the impact. Jake Davidson, executive manager of Winter Cereals Canada, said winter wheat acres north, south and east of Winnipeg suffered significant crop damage when water-saturated ground later refroze. Other growers who […]

  • Federally subsidized shrubs, grasses crucial to sage grouse survival

    University of Washington – The sage grouse is an exceptionally showy bird and an icon of the American West. But its sagebrush habitat is disappearing, and there is debate over how best to protect the populations in an increasingly developed landscape. A new study by University of Washington, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse […]

  • How climate-resilient wheat may help your gut

    May 4, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Increases in climate variability have placed new emphasis on the need for resilient wheat varieties. Alongside demands for increased resiliency, consumer interest in healthier, more functional foods is growing. Therefore, the identification of potential breeding targets to create climate-resilient, nutritionally improved wheat varieties is of particular interest. Fructans are carbohydrates found […]

  • Planting progress off to a good start in U.S.

    USDA – Cool weather stretched from the Pacific Coast to the Mississippi Valley. Some locations from Nebraska to North Dakota and Minnesota recorded average temperatures more than -12 C below normal. On the northeastern Plains, measurable snowfall and low temperatures were reported. Precipitation was above normal across several regions, with notably heavy rainfall across the […]

  • Alberta grants funds for flood avoidance

    April 27, 2017

    Cypress County, County of Warner, the City of Medicine Hat and the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance Society will share in $2.1 million in grant funds from the Alberta government to improve their resilience to floods. In an announcements on April 24, Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips said the money is designed to […]

  • St. Agathe floods during ‘flood of the century’

    On the 20th anniversary of the Red River Flood of 1997, a.k.a ‘the flood of the century,’ disastrous flooding was in full effect and many communities in southern Manitoba were scrambling to build and maintain flood defences. Unfortunately, a dike built to protect the community of St. Agathe did not hold, and according to Peter Doerksen, heard here in this […]

  • A better way to manage phosphorus?

    April 20, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – All living things – from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals – need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too much phosphorus enters a lake or stream, it can lead to excessive weed growth and algal blooms. Low-oxygen dead zones […]

  • Carbon dioxide and the mushroom effect

    University of New Hampshire – Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates may alter vegetation like forests, croplands, and 40 million acres of American lawns. They found that […]