This year's articles

  • Moving into our snowiest season

    March 12, 2019

    Every couple of years I like to go back and visit the topic of spring snowstorms. Unlike Christmas snowstorms, I do not secretly wish for a spring snowstorm. Maybe when I was younger I did, but now I just want nice warm, dry weather to move in. On the positive side, the current medium-range forecasts […]


  • A faster, more accurate way to monitor drought

    March 5, 2019

    Duke University – More than 2 billion people worldwide are affected by water shortages, wildfires, crop losses, forest diebacks or other environmental or economic woes brought on by drought. A new monitoring method developed at Duke University allows scientists to identify the onset of drought sooner — meaning conservation or remediation measures might be put […]

  • Tomatoes of a different colour better than another?

    March 5, 2019

    American Society for Horticultural Science – Naturally occurring antioxidants have been of great interest in recent years due to their recognizable health benefits. A study out of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico has clarified differing antioxidant levels by focusing on eight tomato genotypes with different-color fruit. Laura Pérez-Flores led a team of researchers in an […]


  • Drought reduces wheat midge populations for second year in a row

    February 25, 2019

    North Dakota State University – Wheat midge likely will be less of a problem this year, reducing the need for insecticide applications. Soil samples in North Dakota indicate low levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2018 season, according to Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension entomologist. A total of 2,000 soil […]

  • Humidity or clouds make it seem cold

    February 25, 2019

    Of all the comments I hear about the weather, the one which I think might bother me the most is, “But it’s a dry cold.” Sometimes this is used by people on the Prairies to try and downplay just how cold it is in the winter compared to the rest of the country. Other times […]


  • Drought strategies a long-term game

    February 19, 2019

    Manitoba Co-operator – After a dry season “drought proofing” feed is a hot topic during this year’s round of winter livestock seminars. After last year’s headline-making dry weather left many with half or less of their normal hay, prematurely dried-out dugouts, triggered herd culling, the message is finding an interested audience. Speakers, meanwhile, are hitting […]

  • Addressing the devastating effects of soil erosion

    February 19, 2019

    University of Plymouth – Soil erosion can have a devastating impact on traditional farming landscapes in developing countries. But its effects can only be fully addressed through significant advances in interdisciplinary scientific and societal approaches, according to new research. A major international study led by the University of Plymouth has shown that traditional pastoralist communities […]


  • Spring runoff expected below normal

    February 12, 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 […]

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