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  • Root “ooze” affects soil stability, water repellency

    April 19, 2018

    Cutaway of Plant and Roots in Dirt

    American Society of Agronomy – As the growing season progresses, you might not notice much about what’s happening to plants under the soil. Most of us pay attention to new shoots, stems, leaves, and eventually the flowers and crop we intend to grow. We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the […]

  • A pound of food a day wasted

    April 19, 2018

    Fresh bio-waste and compost in the garden with white roses

    University of Vermont – Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is, a new University of Vermont co-authored national study finds. Between 2007-2014, U.S. consumers wasted nearly 150,000 tons of food per day – nearly a pound […]

  • Synchrotron science could give soybeans a boost

    April 12, 2018

    University of Liverpool – Scientists at the University of Liverpool, together with Japanese colleagues, have gained new insight into how soil bacteria sense and adapt to the levels of oxygen in their environment. The findings could be used to help develop new treatments to promote crop growth and tackle disease. Living organisms are sensitive to […]

  • Reducing the earthly impact of a solar surge

    April 11, 2018

    Satellite In Space. 3D Scene.

    Many of us can appreciate the type of solar activity that gently warms our skin at the lake, but one researcher from the University of Saskatchewan is looking into another type of solar activity that interferes with satellite communications. Lindsay Goodwin, researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, has developed a new way to measure solar […]

  • Soil temperature and crop emergence

    April 5, 2018

    Q: What’s the impact of soil temperature on crop emergence? A: Seeding into warm soils ensures the best start for the crop. Proper crop emergence is the fundamental start to reaching the crop’s yield potential. Seeding into cold soils may result in slower emergence. This places crops at risk of infection by soil pathogens. Pathogens […]

  • The winter that would not end

    April 5, 2018

    Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snow storm.

    This story title may sound all to familiar for Ontarians this week. In 2008, Ontario and Quebec endured one of its longest and snow-laden winters with snow falling almost every day. The winter of 2007-2008 was defined by the amount of snow and the record number of snow events. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin […]

  • Monitor climate change to protect lake diversity

    March 29, 2018

    University of Guelph – Climate change and other environmental factors are more threatening to fish diversity than predators, according to new research from the University of Guelph. It is a surprising and important finding, as humans rely upon freshwater lakes for more than one-fifth of their protein needs worldwide, says lead author Prof. Andrew MacDougall in […]

  • Alberta’s boreal forest could be dramatically altered from climate change

    March 29, 2018

    University of Alberta – Half of Alberta’s upland boreal forest is likely to disappear over the next century due to climate change, a new study shows. The upland forest will be replaced after wildfire by open woodland or grassland, according to research from University of Alberta biologists, conducted in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada researchers. […]

  • Producing environmentally friendly cattle

    March 22, 2018

    Michigan State University – Three hundred years ago, enormous herds of bison, antelope and elk roamed North America, and the land was pristine and the water clean. However, today when cattle congregate, they’re often cast as the poster animals for overgrazing, water pollution and an unsustainable industry. While some of the criticism is warranted, cattle […]

  • Prairie producers locking bins as U.S. Southern Plains dry out

    March 22, 2018

    A rise in U.S. corn prices has helped lift the entire feed market in southern Alberta, however, one industry expert says it isn’t the only factor strengthening the market. “Barley is getting increasingly difficult to buy as we clean up old-crop supplies,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. He added cattle feeders […]




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