This year's articles

  • Early cold benefits icewine harvest

    December 28, 2017

    Wineries in Ontario’s Niagara region are expecting better than typical yields from this winter’s icewine grape harvest. Temperatures in the region dropped below -8 C during the week before Christmas, allowing producers to get at many more of the grapes that were allowed to freeze naturally on the vine for icewine production. According to Jamie […]

  • Since when did plants start using light?

    December 28, 2017

    A study of rocks from Canada’s Arctic has given scientists from Montreal’s McGill University a new clue as to how long Earth’s plant life has been using sunlight to feed. A type of algae called Bangiomorpha pubescens — fossils of which were first found in rocks in Arctic Canada in 1990 — is believed to […]


  • Canadian beef production using less water

    December 21, 2017

    Beef Cattle Research Council – Canada’s beef industry has dramatically reduced its water footprint over the past several decades, and that trend is expected to continue, a new study has found. The amount of water required to produce one kilogram of Canadian beef has decreased by 17 per cent from 1981 to 2011, due largely […]

  • Can there be ‘perfect’ Christmas weather?

    December 21, 2017

    Christmas lantern light in night on snow

    The last time we looked at the topic of “perfect” Christmas weather, the first half of December saw record-warm temperatures across the Prairies, along with well-below-average snow cover. A couple of years later and we are seeing much the same thing, with record-warm temperatures across the western Prairies along with well-below-average snow cover over much […]


  • Russian winter grains hit by weather

    December 14, 2017

    Reuters – Russia’s winter grain sowings are in a worse condition than a year ago, but snow and rains may help in December, the head of the weather forecaster Hydrometcentre said Nov. 30. Russia, one of the world’s largest wheat exporters, harvested a record grain crop this year mostly due to favourable weather in spring […]

  • Things to consider when blanketing your horse

    December 14, 2017

    Alberta Farmer Express – Most horses are blanketed in the winter according to the personal principles of the owner. However, like any other management practice, blanketing horses has its rightful place and proper use. The decision to blanket the horse comes with advantages and disadvantages. First, it is good to know that nature has provided […]


  • Warming overnight lows across the Prairies

    December 7, 2017

    Thermometer on snow shows low temperatures under zero. Low temperatures in degrees Celsius and fahrenheit. Cold winter weather twenty under zero.Thermometer on snow shows low temperatures under zero. Low temperatures in degrees Celsius and fahrenheit. Cold winter weather twenty under zero.

    Several months ago I received a question about winter temperatures and humidity levels along with another question about overnight low temperatures. In particular, about whether or not there has been a trend towards warmer overnight lows. While these two questions are not totally connected I began looking into the numbers and here is what I […]

  • The optimal amount of rainfall for plants

    December 7, 2017

    Irrigation of corn stalks. Green background with falling water drops. The stems of the rain drops. Photo with limited depth of field.

    Oregon State University – Researchers have determined what could be considered a “Goldilocks” climate for rainfall use by plants: not too wet and not too dry. But those landscapes are likely to shrink and become less productive in the future through climate change, said Stephen Good, a hydrologist at Oregon State University and lead author […]


  • Temperature threshold seen for plants’ ability to fight disease

    November 30, 2017

    Michigan State University – An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop loss due to disease and adverse weather will be key in achieving this goal. One of the best historical examples of this is […]

  • Migrating birds winter in Israel in response to climate change

    November 30, 2017

    Israel | Reuters – Climate change is turning Israel into a permanent wintering ground for some of the 500 million migrating birds that used to stop over briefly before flying on to the warm plains of Africa, Israeli experts say. The birds now prefer to stay longer in cooler areas rather than cross into Africa, […]

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