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  • Manitoba Beef Producers releases carbon pricing policy

    March 23, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – Manitoba Beef Producers is proposing a carbon pricing policy centred around recognizing its sector as part of the solution. Pastures and grassland play a key role in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction, the organization said. “We believe we have a valuable role to play in helping Manitoba achieve its goal of reducing […]

  • Small-scale solar projects see funding boom

    Alberta Farmer Express – Although smaller-scale community-organized solar farms have, so far, been left in the lurch, there’s good news for farmers and other rural landowners interested in solar. Growing Forward 2 offers grants of up to $50,000 for ‘micro-gen’ solar projects where the power is used in the production of a primary commodity. That […]

  • Wild sunflowers offer resilient diversity

    March 16, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the United States. Today, sunflowers are grown in more than 70 countries. The value of the global sunflower crop is estimated to be over $20 billion. But the world’s fifth largest […]

  • Bees prefer a country meal over city fare

    Ohio State University – Hungry honey bees appear to favour flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighbouring urban areas. The discovery has implications for urban beekeepers and challenges assumptions that farmland and honey bees are incompatible, said authors of a new study from The Ohio State University. The team positioned honey bee colonies in […]

  • Blizzard increases flood risk, likelihood of late seeding

    March 9, 2017

    CNS Canada – Road closures across most of western Manitoba due to a late-winter storm are likely only the start of the headaches to come, as flooding and/or late seeding may be a reality in many areas this spring. Meteorologist Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City said he was optimistic on moisture […]

  • Winnipeg’s snowstorm of the century

    On March 4, 1966, a winter blizzard dropped 35 cm of snow and whipped up winds as high as 120 km/h. The city of Winnipeg came to a standstill for two days with the mayor warning citizens to stay indoors in the safety of their homes. The intensity of the drifting snow blocked all highways […]

  • ‘Change’ is the watchword in a warming world, says researcher

    March 2, 2017

    Alberta Farmer Express – How will the Canadian cattle industry fare if global temperatures continue to rise? Count a reduced feed demand, a longer grazing season, and higher forage production among the benefits — but also expect more extreme weather, pests, and transport headaches, according to University of Manitoba research scientist Kim Ominski. “We know […]

  • Canada to create new ‘state-of-the-art’ radar network

    The Canadian government announced on Feb. 28, 2017 that it will replace the country’s aging weather network with new, modern radars. The new radars will have fully integrated dual-polarization technology, enabling weather forecasters to better detect tornadoes and to better distinguish between rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain. The new radars will also have an extended severe-weather detection […]

  • California dreaming of canola?

    February 23, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources — usually water — to grow that crop? Will the crop give a return on the investment? And, what […]

  • Broccoli (un)interrupted

    John Innes Centre – Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with […]