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  • Winter wheat harvest varies by province

    August 20, 2019

    AGCanada.com — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior […]

  • Rains create invitation for crop diseases

    August 13, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Early season diseases generally passed crop growers by during the dry spring, but rainfall across much of the province means they need to keep a close watch now. “The dry conditions earlier this spring tended to slow things down, but we’ve had moisture occurring, and that has elevated the risk for diseases,” […]


  • Rising CO2 levels could boost wheat yield, but at a nutritional cost

    August 6, 2019

    American Chemical Society – Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising, which experts predict could produce more droughts and hotter temperatures. Although these weather changes would negatively impact many plants’ growth, the increased CO2 availability might actually be advantageous because plants use the greenhouse gas to make food by photosynthesis. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal […]

  • The impact of environment on the evolution of weeds

    July 30, 2019

    Cambridge University Press – Rapid increases in herbicide resistance show that weeds can undergo important genetic changes over very brief periods of time. But herbicide use isn’t the only factor influencing the evolution of weeds. An article featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows climate and elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are also […]


  • Hay shortage looms on the Prairies

    July 23, 2019

    MarketsFarm – While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops were […]

  • Prairie producers collect weather data for Agriculture Canada

    July 15, 2019

    The Western Producer – In June, hay production on the Prairies was about 50 per cent of normal. That production is now closer to normal, thanks to 50 to 150 millimetres of rain across most of Western Canada in late June and early July. The 50 per cent number comes from the Agro climate Impact […]


  • Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

    July 9, 2019

    University of Adelaide – An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions, a highly potent greenhouse gas. Published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers showed that the genetics of an individual cow strongly influenced the make-up of the microorganisms in its rumen (the first stomach […]

  • Natural biodiversity protects rural farmers’ incomes from tropical weather shocks

    July 1, 2019

    University of British Columbia – A big data study covering more than 7,500 households across 23 tropical countries shows that natural biodiversity could be effective insurance for rural farmers against drought and other weather-related shocks. Frederick Noack, assistant professor of food and resource economics in UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, worked with colleagues […]


  • Groundwater pumping significantly reduces river flows

    June 24, 2019

    University of Arizona – Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50 percent to stream flow declines in some U.S. rivers, according to new research led by a University of Arizona hydrologist. The new study has important implications for managing U.S. water resources. Laws regulating the use of groundwater and surface […]

  • Early season storms damage crops across Western Canada

    June 18, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – A series of storms across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta produced hail that resulted in mostly light to medium damage to crops with significant damage seen in a few fields, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred May 29, June 2, June 6, June 7, June 9 and […]

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