This year's articles

  • Warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer

    October 11, 2018

    rows of young wheat field in sunny day

    Vienna University of Technology – Climate change influences plant growth, with springtime growth beginning earlier each year. Up to now, it was thought that this phenomenon was slowing climate change, as scientists believed this process led to more carbon being absorbed from the atmosphere for photosynthesis and more biomass production. However, as evaluations of satellite […]

  • Rapid, unprecedented change needed to halt global warming – U.N.

    October 10, 2018

    Reuters | London/Incheon, South Korea – Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius means making rapid, unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to eat, travel and live or we risk even more extreme weather and loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday. Meeting 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, […]


  • Bad weather stalling Alberta harvest

    October 4, 2018

    CNS Canada | Western Producer – Very little harvest progress was made in Alberta during the week ended Sep. 25, according to the latest provincial crop report. Harvest progress for major crops sat at 32.9 percent, up less than a percentage point from the previous week. This is far behind the five-year average of 62 […]

  • ‘Turbocharging’ photosynthesis in corn hikes yield

    October 4, 2018

    Cornell University – Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield, according to new research in Nature Plants, Oct. 1. Increased RuBisCO assists corn’s biological machinery used during […]


  • Australian drought causes buyer battle for wool

    September 27, 2018

    Fresh sheep wool in bags ready to be shipped

    Australia | Reuters – Auctioneer Ian Sharp has been selling Australian agricultural products to the highest bidder since 1968, and he’s never seen demand like this before. Earlier this year, the benchmark price for fine Australian merino wool gained a foothold above the once mythic A$20/kg (about $6.60/lb) price, as one of Australia’s worst-ever droughts […]

  • ‘High-yield’ farming could help spare habitats

    September 20, 2018

    Combine harvester cutting crops in barley field during harvest under dramatic cloudy sky

    University of Cambridge – Agriculture that appears to be more eco-friendly but uses more land may actually have greater environmental costs per unit of food than “high-yield” farming that uses less land, a new study has found. There is mounting evidence that the best way to meet rising food demand while conserving biodiversity is to […]


  • Soil a key factor in climate change fight

    September 20, 2018

    Closeup of a plowed field, fertile, black soil.

    Michigan State University – Food production doesn’t have to be a victim of climate change. New research from Michigan State University suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can be preserved by harnessing the critical, and often overlooked, partner in food supply – soil. The research, led by MSU Foundation Professor Bruno […]

  • Pros and cons of alternative grain storage

    September 13, 2018

    NDSU Extension – Grain can be stored in many types of facilities. “The important point is that all storage options should keep the grain dry and provide adequate aeration to control grain temperature,” says North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. “Grain must be dry and cool (near the average outdoor temperature) when […]


  • Assessing frost damage on crops

    September 13, 2018

    Manitoba Agriculture – When frost occurs, the information below will give you some details to help assess any potential impact to crop yield and quality. The full impact of frost will not be obvious immediately. Several warm days may be required for the extent of leaf and crop damage to be evident. The magnitude of […]

  • When to swath if frost hits your canola

    September 6, 2018

    Canola Council of Canada – With recent elevated frost risk in Manitoba, many canola growers are wondering what to do with standing canola. The morning AFTER the frost, go through these steps: – Take a look in the morning but before taking any action, wait 4-6 hours after frost to allow the full extent of […]

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