Fact of the week

  • 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 […]

  • Wet fields slow hail damage investigations

    October 15, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – Heavy rain and wet fields continue to slow crop damage investigations as farmers report a new round of hailstorms across western Canada, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred Sept. 17-30. CCHA member companies are investigating about 640 claims of crop damage in Saskatchewan and Manitoba during […]


  • The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure

    October 8, 2019

    Iowa State University – Massive networks of drains, pipes and tiles that enable food production on much of the world’s most productive cropland are due for expansion and replacement to meet the demands of agricultural intensification and climate change. How that infrastructure is updated will have enormous consequences on food production and the environment, according […]

  • Storms deliver nearly 1,000 hail claims to Prairies

    October 1, 2019

    Grainews/MarketsFarm — There were almost 1,000 claims for hail damage across the Prairies following a series of storms Sept. 15-20, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA). The CCHA said the most destructive of the storms during that week came on Sept. 17. “There is significant damage from this late–season storm. There was heavy rain […]


  • Climate change study finds maple syrup season may arrive sooner

    September 24, 2019

    Dartmouth College – Once winter nights dip below freezing and the days warm up above freezing sap begins to flow in sugar maples marking the start of the syrup season. U.S. maple syrup production is a global industry, which has been increasing by nearly 10 percent per year over the past decade according to the USDA’s […]

  • 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. […]


  • 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. […]


  • 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 […]

  • 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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