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  • Peas may yield potential in big sky country

    June 22, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal mono-cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This transition is not without its share of unknowns, however. Yield and performance of pea crops depend on both their genetics and the environment. Environmental factors such as […]

  • Corn better as food than biofuel

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the […]

  • Evaluating GHG emissions of irrigated crops

    June 15, 2017

    American Society of Agronomy – Agricultural production in the western U.S. is an important part of the global food supply. However, due to concerns over impacts from agricultural greenhouse gasses on the global climate, there is a need to understand the effect of nitrogen source on emissions from cropping systems in semiarid environments. In a […]

  • Wildfires a larger polluter than previously thought

    Georgia Institute of Technology – Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed. Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic […]

  • Decomposing leaves a big emitter of GHGs

    June 8, 2017

    Michigan State University – Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil. This new discovery is featured in the current issue of Nature Geoscience, could help refine nitrous oxide emission predictions as well […]

  • What to watch for during tornado season

    Before we begin to look at tornadoes, I think we have to step back a little and discuss how you can know if a storm is capable of producing severe weather, and in particular, tornadoes. The answer is actually not that easy. The first thing is to listen to Environment Canada for watches and warnings. If a watch […]

  • Improving survivability of pigs in cold climates

    June 1, 2017

    Oxford University Press USA – A new paper in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology revealed that pig breeds such as Tibetan pigs and Min pigs use a unique method to survive when exposed to cold environments. This has important implications for the swine industry as cold weather is a major cause of death in […]

  • Ontario corn farmers look to soybeans

    Country Guide – Ontario farmers are stopped across most of the province as consistently wet weather holds up planting and pushes farmers to plant more soybeans instead of corn. Significantly higher than normal rain in southern Ontario and record rainfall between Toronto and Ottawa mean that near the end of May, corn planting isn’t complete […]

  • The risks and returns of a fall calving season

    May 25, 2017

    University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture – The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favoured spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is […]

  • Tracking California’s groundwater loss

    UCLA – A new study by researchers from UCLA and the University of Houston reveals significant groundwater loss in California’s Central Valley during the recent drought and sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area. Researchers tracked net groundwater consumption in the Central Valley from 2002 to 2016, which included two droughts, one from […]