This year's articles

  • How well does wheat weather heat waves?

    June 21, 2018

    summer wheat field under a sparkle sun

    American Society of Agronomy – A heat wave sweeps through a city and people swelter, running indoors to find air conditioning. But crops out in a field aren’t so lucky. For them, there is no escape. Scientists in Australia are working to understand how heat waves impact wheat. They are mixing observational studies with techniques from […]

  • Making weather forecasts right as rain

    June 21, 2018

    horizontal image of five round steel grain bins sitting in a yellow canola field under a very cloudy sky in the summer.

    University of Missouri – Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for […]


  • Warmer climate to dramatically increase volatility of corn crops

    June 14, 2018

    University of Washington – Corn, or maize, is the most widely grown crop in the world. Used in food, cooking oil, industrialized foods, livestock feed and even automobile fuel, the crop is one that both rich and poor people rely upon. Research led by the University of Washington looks at what climate change will mean […]

  • Hot, dry weather in the forecast

    June 14, 2018

    Staff – The Weather Network is predicting a hot and dry summer for most of Western Canada. “This summer looks to be a warmer version of the pattern we saw across Canada last year, with the hottest weather anchored over Western Canada,” said Chris Scott, the network’s chief meteorologist. Rains that provided much-needed relief in late […]


  • Try a little togetherness? Promoting cooperative weed management to curb herbicide resistance

    June 7, 2018

    University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – In the fight against herbicide resistance, farmers are working with a shrinking toolkit. Waterhemp, a weedy nemesis of corn and soybean farmers, has developed resistance to multiple herbicide modes of action, often in the same plant. Even farmers using the latest recommendations for tank […]

  • Bees benefitting from 4-H Canada pollinator program

    June 7, 2018

    4-H Canada – It’s been another banner year for the the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative. The 2018 edition of the program saw 135 4-H clubs from across the country participating and about 15,000 seed packets distributed. “It is wonderful each year to see the level of excitement and engagement our members have with […]


  • Radish cover crop traps nitrogen, but where does it go?

    May 31, 2018

    American Society of Agronomy – When you think of a radish, you may think of the small, round, crunchy, red-and-white vegetable that is sliced into salads. You might be surprised to learn that a larger, longer form of this root vegetable is being used in agriculture as a cover crop. Cover crops are grown between […]

  • Summer, the time of year Mother Nature starts cooking up thunderstorms

    May 31, 2018

    As spring begins to transition into summer, I like to revisit what I find to be one of the most interesting weather topics — thunderstorms. As temperatures begin to climb and moisture (hopefully) begins to flow northwards, the ingredients come together to develop thunderstorms. So far this year we haven’t seen too much thunderstorm activity, but […]


  • Long-term study shows crop rotation decreases greenhouse gas emissions

    May 24, 2018

    University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences– Many farmers grow corn and soybean in rotation to avoid the continuous corn yield penalty, but now there’s another reason to rotate. Scientists at the University of Illinois have provided further evidence that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to continuous […]

  • Determining effective methods of irrigation during water scarcity

    May 24, 2018

    American Society for Horticultural Science – A recent study out of Texas A&M University focused on the practical applications of the global concern that potable water will become less and less accessible in the future. Melinda Knuth and her team engaged an examination of how to most efficiently divide this diminishing resource into uses (and […]

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