This year's articles

  • Climate change is a dirt-y business

    September 17, 2019

    University of California – Riverside – Groundwater is essential for growing crops, but new research shows climate change is making it harder for soil to absorb rainfall. While the idea that soil particles rearrange themselves in response to environmental conditions is not new, scientists once thought these shifts in the ground happened slowly. Not anymore. […]

  • Scattered storms deliver varying crop damage across western Canada

    September 17, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – Farmers in western Canada reported scattered storm activity with pea-size hail in some cases, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred Sept. 1-6. CCHA member companies are investigating more than 500 claims of hail damage in Manitoba and Saskatchewan during the time period. Saskatchewan had the most activity […]

  • Farm Credit Canada to offer support in wake of Hurricane Dorian

    September 10, 2019 | Glacier FarmMedia – Farm Credit Canada says it plans to help its farmer clients in Atlantic Canada work around financial pressures following Hurricane Dorian’s passage through the region over the weekend. “We won’t know the full extent of damage for some time, but we’ve already heard that some customers will likely be facing […]

  • A natural way to cool cities

    September 10, 2019

    ETH Zurich – Urban heat islands are a phenomenon where the temperature in a city is noticeably higher than in the surrounding rural area. When combined with the sort of heatwave that hit many parts of Europe at the beginning of July, urban heat can pose a real threat to the elderly, sick or other […]

  • Spotty hail activity reported

    September 3, 2019

    Farmers reported spotty storm activity across Western Canada during the period from Aug. 2 to 14, with heavy damage and golf ball-sized hail in at least one area, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Association member companies are investigating about 280 claims made by farmers in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan during the time period. […]

  • Conditions ripe for anthrax in some areas

    September 3, 2019

    Saskatchewan’s ministry of agriculture is warning livestock producers that weather conditions in some areas of the province may have coaxed anthrax spores up out of the soil. Anthrax was confirmed Aug. 29 as the cause of sudden death in seven animals in the Rural Municipality of Chester in the province’s southeast. The RM is roughly […]

  • Almanac expects more extreme cold

    August 27, 2019

    The extended forecast in the 2020 Canadian edition of the Farmers’ Almanac calls for “freezing, frigid and frosty” conditions for areas east of the Rockies clear through to Quebec and the Maritimes. The coldest outbreak of the season is expected to come during the last week of January and beginning of February, as Arctic air […]

  • Extreme fire seasons unlocking ‘old carbon’

    August 27, 2019

    Recent research has shown how a bad fire season in Canada’s North released about half as much carbon into the air as plants across the entire country were able to take up that year. But a new follow-up to that research suggests more of the carbon that went up in smoke may have previously been […]

  • 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 […]




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