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  • Leaf wax may hold the key to drought tolerance in wheat crops

    August 17, 2017

    University of Southern California – A solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows. Sarah Feakins, a scientist at USC who has studied leaf wax in the […]

  • Total Solar Eclipse 2017

    On Monday, August 21, people in the northern hemisphere on Earth will experience a total solar eclipse. Depending on the latitude of where you live, you’ll be treated to a full, total solar eclipse (seen at left) or a partial eclipse. According to NASA, the path of the moon will completely cover the sun in areas […]

  • More water could be bad news for water quality

    August 10, 2017

    National Science Foundation – Increased precipitation from a changing climate could pollute U.S. waterways with excess nitrogen, increasing the likelihood of severe water quality impairment from coast to coast, according to a new study by scientists Eva Sinha and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Venkatramani Balaji of Princeton University. The results […]

  • Predicting multi-year U.S. droughts and wildfires

    Utah State University – The next mega-droughts and subsequent active wildfire seasons for the western U.S. might be predictable a full year in advance, extending well beyond the current seasonal forecast and helping segments of the economy related to agriculture, water management and forestry. The new model, developed by an international team of scientists from […]

  • Hail damage in soybeans continues to rise

    August 3, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – Soybeans are having a ‘hail’ of a time in Manitoba, thanks to two of the worst years for hail damage in recent memory. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation in 2016 paid soybean growers $5.2 million in hail damage claims, 12 per cent of its total hail payouts for that year, statistics show. The […]

  • The physics of lightning and why ‘if it roars, go indoors’ is still good advice

    Alberta Farmer Express – Tornadoes, wind, and hail often make the headlines when it comes to thunderstorms, but it is lightning that is often the biggest threat. For this discussion we’ll look at a typical lightning strike that starts in the cloud and hits the ground. First of all, lightning is caused by a buildup of […]

  • Do cooler cows make healthier calves?

    July 27, 2017

    Elsevier – Environmental influences affecting cows during pregnancy have been shown to induce life-long physical and metabolic changes in the offspring. To learn more about the effects of heat stress on calves conceived during the summer, Pablo Pinedo, from Colorado State University, and Albert De Vries, from the University of Florida, examined data from more […]

  • Thunderstorms, wall clouds and tornadoes

    Manitoba Co-operator – While the cool weather we have seen across the Prairies over the middle part of June might have put a bit of damper on thunderstorm activity — the really severe stuff, at least — July is usually our peak month for severe storms. Most of us have seen severe thunderstorms and probably […]

  • 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

    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 […]