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  • Rapid, unprecedented change needed to halt global warming – U.N.

    October 10, 2018

    Reuters | London/Incheon, South Korea – Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius means making rapid, unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to eat, travel and live or we risk even more extreme weather and loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday. Meeting 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, […]

  • Bad weather stalling Alberta harvest

    October 4, 2018

    CNS Canada | Western Producer – Very little harvest progress was made in Alberta during the week ended Sep. 25, according to the latest provincial crop report. Harvest progress for major crops sat at 32.9 percent, up less than a percentage point from the previous week. This is far behind the five-year average of 62 […]


  • Australian drought causes buyer battle for wool

    September 27, 2018

    Fresh sheep wool in bags ready to be shipped

    Australia | Reuters – Auctioneer Ian Sharp has been selling Australian agricultural products to the highest bidder since 1968, and he’s never seen demand like this before. Earlier this year, the benchmark price for fine Australian merino wool gained a foothold above the once mythic A$20/kg (about $6.60/lb) price, as one of Australia’s worst-ever droughts […]

  • ‘High-yield’ farming could help spare habitats

    September 20, 2018

    Combine harvester cutting crops in barley field during harvest under dramatic cloudy sky

    University of Cambridge – Agriculture that appears to be more eco-friendly but uses more land may actually have greater environmental costs per unit of food than “high-yield” farming that uses less land, a new study has found. There is mounting evidence that the best way to meet rising food demand while conserving biodiversity is to […]


  • Pros and cons of alternative grain storage

    September 13, 2018

    NDSU Extension – Grain can be stored in many types of facilities. “The important point is that all storage options should keep the grain dry and provide adequate aeration to control grain temperature,” says North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. “Grain must be dry and cool (near the average outdoor temperature) when […]

  • When to swath if frost hits your canola

    September 6, 2018

    Canola Council of Canada – With recent elevated frost risk in Manitoba, many canola growers are wondering what to do with standing canola. The morning AFTER the frost, go through these steps: – Take a look in the morning but before taking any action, wait 4-6 hours after frost to allow the full extent of […]


  • Wildfires double down on North’s permafrost

    August 30, 2018

    People in parts of Canada’s North may face even greater food insecurity in years to come as wildfires accelerate the loss of traditional hunting and fishing grounds, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Alberta recently published findings in the journal Nature Communications showing how fires in the North can continue to affect […]

  • ‘Cracked’ wheat code to bring stronger varieties to farmers

    August 23, 2018

    Kansas State University – Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, published Aug. 16, 2018, in the international journal Science a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely-cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate […]


  • Does rain follow the plow?

    August 16, 2018

    University of Arizona – What makes it rain? Many people joke it only takes washing the car or forgetting an umbrella to make rain fall, though in reality, those things are two of many rain-making myths that have been perpetuated throughout the years. In the 19th century, the “rain follows the plow” myth was used […]

  • Southern Alberta crops struggle, rest of province near five-year index

    August 9, 2018

    CNS Canada – Farmers in Alberta have just started harvest, but early yield reports are showing reductions in southern areas. Dryland crops in southern Alberta are projected to come in at 74.6 per cent of the five-year index, according to Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. Daniel Graham, manager of business risk management programs at AFSC […]

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