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  • 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 […]

  • Organic cover crop methods for weed control

    April 13, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy tractors to do this efficiently, and large tractor tires compress the soil as they roll […]

  • Better management can help save honey bees

    Entomological Society of America – In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be published this week in the Entomological Society […]

  • An alarm clock for strawberry growers?

    April 6, 2017

    Cornell University – Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do, can reap a better harvest, according to new research. When apple trees blossom, the sheer abundance of flowers attracts most of the pollinators, which leaves fewer bees for other nearby crops such as strawberries and lowers their yields. But if growers […]

  • El Nino may tame hurricane season

    Meteorologists at AccuWeather.com are predicting a 2017 hurricane season with less named storms than last year. The weather news service predicts 10 hurricanes for 2017, five of which are projected to develop into hurricanes and three of which may become major hurricanes. “The big factor is going to be the fact that we now believe El Niño will come […]

  • Avoiding soil compaction when grazing cattle

    March 30, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils — if they’re grazed responsibly. The study is unique in […]

  • Studying the drought tolerance of corn with robots

    University of Missouri – Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn […]