This year's articles

  • Does rain follow the plow?

    August 16, 2018

    University of Arizona – What makes it rain? Many people joke it only takes washing the car or forgetting an umbrella to make rain fall, though in reality, those things are two of many rain-making myths that have been perpetuated throughout the years. In the 19th century, the “rain follows the plow” myth was used […]

  • To the sun, and all points in between

    August 16, 2018

    Reuters – NASA launched a space probe early Sunday, August 12, that will go closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before, the agency announced. The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. The Parker Solar Probe, a […]


  • Southern Alberta crops struggle, rest of province near five-year index

    August 9, 2018

    CNS Canada – Farmers in Alberta have just started harvest, but early yield reports are showing reductions in southern areas. Dryland crops in southern Alberta are projected to come in at 74.6 per cent of the five-year index, according to Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. Daniel Graham, manager of business risk management programs at AFSC […]

  • What to do in a tornado

    August 9, 2018

    On the evening of Friday, Aug. 3, an F4 tornado touched down in the Alonsa, Manitoba area, and tragically, one man was killed as it tore through the community causing catastrophic damage. Tornadoes often form very quickly so it’s important to know what to do in the event a tornado is in your area. So, […]


  • Climate taxes on agriculture could lead to more food insecurity than climate change itself

    August 2, 2018

    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – New IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts of climate change. Smarter, inclusive policies are […]

  • Earth’s soil ‘breathing’ more heavily as temperatures rise

    August 2, 2018

    DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth’s atmosphere at an increasing rate, most likely as a result of warming temperatures, suggest observations collected from a variety of the Earth’s many ecosystems. Blame microbes and how they react to warmer temperatures. Their food of choice – […]


  • Manure slipping through the cracks, of soil that is…

    July 26, 2018

    American Society of Agronomy – Add just enough fertilizer, and crops thrive. Add too much, and you may end up with contaminated surface and groundwater. Excess nutrients from farms can be transported to groundwater reservoirs by water starting at the surface and flowing through soil. But the flow of water through soil is a “highly […]

  • Canada joins the club for world heat records

    July 26, 2018

    If you have been paying any attention to the weather around the world over the past couple of months, the two topics that have come up the most would be heat and rain. In our region, we can definitely understand the heat. I am planning to take an in-depth statistical look at just how warm […]


  • Tiny fern could play big role in agriculture

    July 19, 2018

    Cornell University – A tiny fern – with each leaf the size of a gnat – may provide global impact for sinking atmospheric carbon dioxide, fixing nitrogen in agriculture and shooing pesky insects from crops. The fern’s full genome has been sequenced by a Cornell University and Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) scientist and his colleagues […]

  • Fungi research underway in the fight against herbicide resistance

    July 19, 2018

    UCLA – Fields can be a competitive environment. Plants and unseen microorganisms in the soil all need precious space to grow. And to gain that space, a microbe might produce and use chemicals that kill its plant competitors. But the microbe also needs immunity from its own poisons. By looking for that protective shield in […]

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