This year's articles

  • Spring runoff expected below normal

    February 10, 2019

    Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) has released its preliminary spring runoff outlook for 2019.  With the dry conditions in the summer and fall of 2018 combined with below normal winter precipitation so far, below normal spring runoff is expected across most of southern Saskatchewan. The summer of 2018 saw extremely low rainfall across a large […]


  • Farm manure boosts greenhouse gas emissions, even in winter

    February 5, 2019

    University of Vermont – Decisions farmers make over the spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions later in the winter. That’s a key takeaway from a new University of Vermont study that shows, for the first time, that the impacts of farmers’ manure use decisions extend beyond the growing season to influence […]

  • Rising temperatures under changing climate may safeguard crop nutrition

    February 5, 2019

    Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new study in Plant Journal from the University of Illinois, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center suggests that this […]


  • Extreme weather, geopolitics major drivers of increasing ‘food shocks’

    January 29, 2019

    University of Tasmania – The research, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, identified 226 food production shocks across 134 nations over the 53-year period, noting an increasing frequency of shocks across all sectors on a global scale. Lead author Richard Cottrell said extreme weather was a major cause of shocks to crops and livestock, highlighting the […]

  • Top Canadian weather stories of 2018

    January 29, 2019

    Before I jump into a review of the top weather stories from across Canada in 2018 I figured I should first take a quick look at what we experienced weather-wise across the Prairies last year. Average or mean yearly temperatures across the Prairies in 2018 were remarkably similar, at least compared to the long-term average. […]


  • New study reveals local drivers of amplified Arctic warming

    January 20, 2019

    Polar Bear on ice floe

    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology – The Arctic experienced an extreme heat wave during February 2018. The temperature at the North Pole has soared to the melting point of ice, which is about 30-35 degrees (17-19 Celsius) above normal. There have also been recent studies, indicating the mass of Arctic glaciers has declined […]

  • Right green for crop, environment, wallet

    January 20, 2019

    American Society of Agronomy – Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. That’s certainly true for nitrogen fertilizers. Without enough nitrogen, crops don’t grow well. Yields are reduced significantly. Applying too much nitrogen fertilizer, on the other hand, can hurt the environment. Nitrogen can enter the watershed, polluting aquatic ecosystems. Microbes […]


  • Helping biochar live up to its soil-saving potential

    January 15, 2019

    Rice University – Even though every dollar spent on soil improvement can save much more in environmental costs down the road, startup costs can sometimes make it hard for farmers to implement best environmental practices. A team of researchers from Rice and North Dakota State universities argues that this is especially true for using biochar, […]

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