This year's articles

  • Millions of acres of canola freeze, compound ‘harvest from hell’

    November 19, 2019

    Winnipeg | Reuters — Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020. Canola is renowned as Canada’s most profitable crop, exported to China, Japan and Mexico to make vegetable oil […]

  • Hurricane Dorian sweeps swimming cows to North Carolina beach

    November 19, 2019

    Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C. | Reuters — Three cows have been spotted beachcombing on a remote barrier island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, swept to an unlikely grazing spot when Hurricane Dorian whipped waves powerful enough to carry them two miles from their home. One of the bovine bodysurfers was seen soon after the Category […]


  • Harvest season winding down in Alberta

    November 12, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Alberta farmers managed to make some progress despite trying conditions of cold temperatures mixed with snow and rain, including some hail, according to the province’s latest weekly crop report. For the week ended Nov. 5, approximately 88.0 per cent of all Alberta crops were in the bin. That’s up from 80.9 per […]

  • CO2 capture could be big business

    November 12, 2019

    University of California Los Angeles – Capturing carbon dioxide and turning it into commercial products, such as fuels or construction materials, could become a new global industry, according to a study by researchers from UCLA, the University of Oxford and five other institutions. Should that happen, the phenomenon would help the environment by reducing greenhouse […]


  • Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest

    November 5, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 per cent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, […]

  • Future climate scenarios see rice yields plummet, arsenic rise

    November 5, 2019

    Stanford University – Rice is the largest global staple crop, consumed by more than half the world’s population – but new experiments from Stanford University suggest that with climate change, production in major rice-growing regions with endemic soil arsenic will undergo a dramatic decline and jeopardize critical food supplies. These experiments exploring rice production in […]


  • Some Saskatchewan crops may stay put over winter

    October 29, 2019

    MarketsFarm – A harvest season bereft of good weather will result in some crops staying in the field until springtime. The exact percentage of unharvested crops, however, remains uncertain. “Some of the heaviest snowfall has fallen in the regions where most of the crop was left out,” commented Todd Lewis, president of Agricultural Producers Association […]

  • Corn yields in U.S. get boost from a global warming ‘hole’

    October 29, 2019

    Dartmouth College – The global average temperature has increased 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 100 years. In contrast, the Corn Belt of the U.S., one of the most agriculturally productive regions of the world, has experienced a decrease in temperatures in the summer during the growing season. Known as the “U.S. warming hole,” this […]


  • Land management for a changing climate

    October 22, 2019

    University of Illinois – Nitrogen from agricultural production is a major cause of pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and contributes to large dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Illinois and other Midwestern states have set goals to reduce nitrogen load through strategies that include different land management practices. A new study from University […]

  • Future flash drought to increase over humid regions

    October 22, 2019

    Chinese Academy of Sciences – Flash drought is a new phenomenon with increasing prominence under global warming. The drought develops rapidly without sufficient early warning, and has stricken the world with severe impacts during recent years, such as the droughts over central USA in 2012 that caused billions of dollars of economic losses, southern China […]

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