Fact of the week

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]

  • Wind, warmth boost insect migration

    July 15, 2019

    University of Guelph – Wind and warmth can improve travel time for the billions of insects worldwide that migrate each year, according to a first-ever radio-tracking study by University of Guelph biologists. Researchers equipped monarch butterflies and green darner dragonflies with radio transmitters and tracked them through southern Ontario and several northern States to learn […]


  • Extreme weather tracker unveiled

    July 9, 2019

    Agriculture Canada has unveiled a new online weather watching tool that will enable farmers to better track extreme weather conditions during the agricultural growing season. Called ‘Extreme Weather Indices,’ the tool was developed in collaboration with Environment Canada’s weather service and should help farmers plan their planting and harvesting operations. Like weather forecasts, the indices […]

  • Storms damage crops in Alberta, Saskatchewan

    July 1, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – Storms in Alberta and Saskatchewan produced hail that resulted in light to medium crop damage with heavy damage reported in at least one area, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred on June 15, June 17, June 18 and June 19. CCHA member companies are investigating 128 […]


  • USask study predicts more torrential downpours with global warming

    June 25, 2019

    University of Saskatchewan – The frequency of downpours of heavy rain—which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease—has increased across the globe in the past 50 years, research led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found. The number of extreme downpours increased steadily […]

  • Ontario extends corn, soy, bean planting deadlines

    June 18, 2019

    Farmtario – Waterlogged Ontario farmers still waiting on a window to plant corn, soybeans and coloured and white beans ahead of crop insurance deadlines now have at least a couple of extra days. Agricorp, the province’s production insurance and farm program delivery agency, announced extensions Friday for several of its planting deadlines. Corn growers in […]

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