This year's articles

  • Winter wheat harvest varies by province

    August 20, 2019 — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior […]

  • Prairie hail claims pass 10,000

    August 20, 2019

    MarketsFarm — More than 10,000 claims for hail damage have been filed by Prairie farmers so far in 2019 with insurance companies belonging to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Between July 27 and Aug. 6, hail on the Prairies saw farmers add 900 claims alone, according to a CCHA press release Friday. To date overall, Saskatchewan […]

  • Rains create invitation for crop diseases

    August 13, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Early season diseases generally passed crop growers by during the dry spring, but rainfall across much of the province means they need to keep a close watch now. “The dry conditions earlier this spring tended to slow things down, but we’ve had moisture occurring, and that has elevated the risk for diseases,” […]

  • Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle

    August 13, 2019

    NDSU Agriculture Communication – Haying and grazing season is underway and due to dry conditions more of the forage supply is consisting of small grains and cover crops. Although these crops offer flexibility in cropping systems and a great source of livestock feed, they could pose a risk of nitrate toxicity, according to Janna Block, livestock […]

  • Solar panels cast shade on agriculture… in a good way

    August 6, 2019

    Ecological Society of America – Imagine you are a farmer struggling to keep up with production demands because of the increasingly stressful climate. Or perhaps you are a producer of renewable energy struggling with dramatic heat and weather. With increasing temperatures, solar panels get too hot to function properly, and crops demand more water, problems […]

  • Rising CO2 levels could boost wheat yield, but at a nutritional cost

    August 6, 2019

    American Chemical Society – Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising, which experts predict could produce more droughts and hotter temperatures. Although these weather changes would negatively impact many plants’ growth, the increased CO2 availability might actually be advantageous because plants use the greenhouse gas to make food by photosynthesis. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal […]

  • The impact of environment on the evolution of weeds

    July 30, 2019

    Cambridge University Press – Rapid increases in herbicide resistance show that weeds can undergo important genetic changes over very brief periods of time. But herbicide use isn’t the only factor influencing the evolution of weeds. An article featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows climate and elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are also […]

  • Grasshoppers swarm down on Las Vegas, disrupting weather radar, tourism

    July 30, 2019

    Reuters – Swarms of grasshoppers have descended upon America’s Sin City in unusual abundance this week, disrupting weather radars, deterring tourists and invoking hysteria on social media. The clouds of buzzing insects, whose migration through the Las Vegas Valley scientists say is the result of a wetter-than- normal winter, were big enough that the National […]

  • Hay shortage looms on the Prairies

    July 23, 2019

    MarketsFarm – While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops were […]

  • Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

    July 23, 2019

    Cornell University – Fresh water isn’t unlimited. Rainfall isn’t predictable. And plants aren’t always thirsty. Just 3 percent of the world’s water is drinkable, and more than 70 percent of that fresh water is used for agriculture. Unnecessary irrigation wastes huge amounts of water – some crops are watered twice as much as they need […]




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