Fact of the week

  • Winter storms top list of business interruptions

    May 21, 2019

    Supplied/FirstOnSite Restoration – A recent survey of Canadian mid-sized businesses took the pulse of managers, owners and executives to find out what types of disasters they had encountered, and the level of preparedness they felt they had in place. The 2019 FirstOnSite Business Continuity Survey – asked 500 Canadian businesses “has your business been interrupted […]

  • Wild pigs invading Canadian provinces

    May 14, 2019

    University of Saskatchewan – Wild pigs–a mix of wild boar and domestic swine–are spreading rapidly across Canada, threatening native species such as nesting birds, deer, agricultural crops, and farm livestock, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows. The first-ever published survey of the wild pig distribution in Canada has found a rapid expansion in […]


  • Winter weather window costing rapeseed growers millions

    May 7, 2019

    John Innes Centre – UK rapeseed growers are losing up to a quarter of their crop yield each year because of temperature rises during an early-winter weather window. This figure emerged in new research by the John Innes Centre which identifies a a critical period from late November to the Winter Solstice, December 21 or […]

  • Getting fertilizer in the right place at the right rate

    April 30, 2019

    American Society of Agronomy – We’ve all heard about the magical combination of being in the right place at the right time. Well for fertilizer, it’s more accurate to say it should be in the right place at the right rate. A group of Canadian scientists wanted to find the perfect combination for farmers in […]


  • Weak honey bee colonies may fail from cold exposure during shipping

    April 23, 2019

    Agricultural Research Service/USDA – Cold temperatures inside honey bee colonies may cause colony losses during and after long-distance hauling, according to a preliminary study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Every year almost 2 million honey bee colonies–nearly two-thirds of the managed colonies in the United States–are loaded aboard semi-trailers and shipped across the country […]

  • Targeting flooded fields that best replenish groundwater

    April 16, 2019

    Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences – In California, the amount of water exiting aquifers under the state’s most productive farming region far surpasses the amount of water trickling back in. That rampant overdraft has caused land across much of the region to sink like a squeezed out sponge, permanently depleting groundwater storage capacity […]


  • A colder-than-average extended Prairie winter

    April 9, 2019

    After a bitterly cold February right across the Prairies, I think most people were hoping March would turn out a little bit better, and I guess that’s what happened: March was a little bit better, but not much. Looking back at the temperatures for March across all three Prairie provinces I found that compared to […]

  • Provinces vow to resist Trudeau’s carbon tax

    April 2, 2019

    Reuters – Canada on Monday, April 1, imposed a landmark carbon tax on four provinces which had defied Ottawa’s push to combat climate change, prompting unhappy premiers to say they would challenge the measure. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citing international commitments to fight global warming, had made clear for two years he would slap the […]


  • Cryptosporidium parasite detected in Minnesota groundwater

    March 26, 2019

    American Chemical Society – When consumed in contaminated water, the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium can cause symptoms of stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever. Now, researchers reporting in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have detected evidence of the parasite in about 40 percent of surveyed wells in public water systems in Minnesota — even wells not influenced by […]

  • Pollinators need people

    March 19, 2019

    James Cook University – A global study has concluded that people are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and habitat. “There’s increasing awareness of the importance of pollinators to our quality of life,” lead researcher Rosemary Hill said. “That discussion is often reduced to how to protect bees, and how […]

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