Fact of the week

  • Alberta Ag releases mobile-friendly weather app

    July 12, 2018

    Alberta Agriculture’s new mobile-friendly weather app differs from many others because it has recent past data, says Ralph Wright, head of agro-meteorology. The app lets producers look at all of the hourly data for winds for the past few days. “If we’re in a stable weather pattern… you can start getting some pretty good ideas […]

  • Olive trees get help from above to fight bacteria

    July 4, 2018

    Swansea University – A new airborne remote-imaging method that scans entire orchards can identify olive trees infected by a devastating bacterium before visible symptoms appear, according to new research. The scanning, which can be deployed using planes or drones, may help control the spread of infection and save southern Europe’s iconic tree. Xylella fastidiosa is a […]


  • It’s showtime soon

    June 28, 2018

    Now for some quick and shameless self-promotion/cross-promotion: If you’re headed to Langham, Sask. for the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show July 17-19, WeatherFarm and MarketsFarm will be co-presenting Western Canada Prospects 2018, featuring MarketsFarm’s preliminary yield estimates for Western Canada and a look at international crop prospects. Click here for more information. You can […]

  • Making weather forecasts right as rain

    June 21, 2018

    horizontal image of five round steel grain bins sitting in a yellow canola field under a very cloudy sky in the summer.

    University of Missouri – Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for […]


  • Hot, dry weather in the forecast

    June 14, 2018

    Staff – The Weather Network is predicting a hot and dry summer for most of Western Canada. “This summer looks to be a warmer version of the pattern we saw across Canada last year, with the hottest weather anchored over Western Canada,” said Chris Scott, the network’s chief meteorologist. Rains that provided much-needed relief in late […]

  • Bees benefitting from 4-H Canada pollinator program

    June 7, 2018

    4-H Canada – It’s been another banner year for the the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative. The 2018 edition of the program saw 135 4-H clubs from across the country participating and about 15,000 seed packets distributed. “It is wonderful each year to see the level of excitement and engagement our members have with […]


  • Summer, the time of year Mother Nature starts cooking up thunderstorms

    May 31, 2018

    As spring begins to transition into summer, I like to revisit what I find to be one of the most interesting weather topics — thunderstorms. As temperatures begin to climb and moisture (hopefully) begins to flow northwards, the ingredients come together to develop thunderstorms. So far this year we haven’t seen too much thunderstorm activity, but […]

  • Determining effective methods of irrigation during water scarcity

    May 24, 2018

    American Society for Horticultural Science – A recent study out of Texas A&M University focused on the practical applications of the global concern that potable water will become less and less accessible in the future. Melinda Knuth and her team engaged an examination of how to most efficiently divide this diminishing resource into uses (and […]


  • Beef peptides block bitter tastes

    May 17, 2018

    American Chemical Society – From burgers to steaks, beef has a long history of being a delicious part of dinner. But what if that pleasant experience of eating beef could extend beyond the dinner plate? Now, one group reports in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that beef protein, when broken down into peptides, can block […]

  • What makes a weed a weed?

    May 10, 2018

    The University of British Columbia – New University of British Columbia research finds that the success of weedy and invasive plants like the Jerusalem artichoke lies in their genes. The tasty tubers, or root vegetables, of the Jerusalem artichoke may make for a nice side dish, but the plant is considered a major invasive species […]

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