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  • Helping biochar live up to its soil-saving potential

    January 15, 2019

    Rice University – Even though every dollar spent on soil improvement can save much more in environmental costs down the road, startup costs can sometimes make it hard for farmers to implement best environmental practices. A team of researchers from Rice and North Dakota State universities argues that this is especially true for using biochar, […]

  • Long-term agricultural change has positive impact on water quality

    January 8, 2019

    American Society of Agronomy – In the early 1990s, Acton Lake in southwestern Ohio had a muddy problem. Large amounts of sediment from nearby farms were entering the lake’s watershed. These sediments traveled through streams draining the landscape and were filling up the lake. So, the USDA gave local farmers incentives to change some of […]


  • Cacti and credit throw Brazil’s drought-parched farmers a lifeline

    December 31, 2018

    By Laurie Goering Thomson Reuters Foundation – Farming in the Jacuipe Basin of Brazil’s parched northeast has never been easy. But rising temperatures and a halving of rainfall over the decades mean it now rarely pays. “Everybody is saying the climate is changing (and) it’s getting more difficult to produce,” said Daniele Cesano, a renewable […]

  • Prairie harvest woes among top three weather stories

    December 23, 2018

    The triple whammy of a late spring, dry summer and snowy autumn over many Prairie fields made it onto the medal podium, joining the West’s fires and smoke in Environment Canada’s top weather stories of 2018. The federal environment and climate change department on Dec. 20 released its annual Top 10 list of the year’s […]


  • Why is the coldest weather typically in January?

    December 18, 2018

    As we move toward the shortest day of the year — or rather, the least amount of daylight — a question that often comes up is “Why isn’t the third week of December the coldest time of the year, rather than the second to third week of January?” To begin our look at this topic […]

  • Engineering climate change-resistant crops

    December 11, 2018

    University of California – Riverside – When it gets hot outside, humans and animals have the luxury of seeking shelter in the shade or cool, air-conditioned buildings. But plants are stuck. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. […]


  • Scientists name eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action, food security

    December 4, 2018

    University of Vermont – Leading scientists call for action to increase global soil carbon, in advance of the annual climate summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland (COP24) and World Soil Day (5 Dec). The amount of carbon in soil is over twice the amount of carbon found […]

  • Farmers to benefit from new method of monitoring pasture nutrients

    November 27, 2018

    Frontiers – A fast new way of checking nutrient levels in grasslands allows farmers to quickly monitor changes in pasture nutrients and adapt their animals’ grazing methods accordingly. By cutting the analysis time from around 16 hours to less than a minute, this relatively cheap and easy approach will greatly improve the sustainable management of […]


  • Winter weather a big preoccupation for the railways

    November 20, 2018

    Canada’s national railways say they’re ready to meet the needs of the agriculture sector. Both CN and CP told a recent meeting of the Senate agriculture committee they’ve made major investments to improve the movement of agriculture and food products both to ships waiting at port and customers in the U.S. The investments are in […]

  • Spring cold spells reduce winter wheat yields

    November 13, 2018

    Institute of Atmospheric Physics at Chinese Academy of Sciences – Northern China is a major region for winter wheat agriculture. It is in the spring (March to May) in this region that the reviving, jointing and booting stages of winter wheat mainly happen. Spring cold spells in North China, hereafter referred to as “extreme spring […]

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