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  • Farmers report crop damage across Western Canada

    July 7, 2020

    Canadian Cop Hail Association – Farmers reported damage to multiple crops after storms produced pea-to-quarter size hail in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, according to according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred June 20, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28. CCHA member companies are investigating about 100 claims of crop damage during the […]

  • Storm clouds unload on western Manitoba

    June 30, 2020

    Manitoba’s flood forecasting centre has put out a flood warning and high water advisory for southwestern, western and central regions of the province after parts of the Assiniboine River watershed logged over six inches of rain June 28-29. The watershed, including areas near Brandon and Minnedosa, recorded “close to 155 millimetres of precipitation in the […]

  • Beekeepers report lower winter losses, but abnormally high summer losses

    June 23, 2020

    University of Maryland – Beekeepers across the United States lost 43.7 per cent of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2019 to April 2020, according to preliminary results of the 14th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). These losses mark the second highest loss rate the survey has recorded […]

  • Crop pathogens ‘remarkably adaptable’

    June 16, 2020

    University of Exeter – Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows. Researchers at the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter studied the temperature preferences and host plant diversity of hundreds of fungi and oomycetes that attack our crops. The researchers found that plant pathogens […]

  • Rain brings respite for EU wheat as smaller harvest looms

    June 9, 2020

    Reuters – Rain in Europe last week has brought relief to parched wheat belts but more moisture is needed to prevent this summer’s harvest shrinking further compared with last year’s bumper crop, analysts said. A dry spring has increased growing difficulties for wheat crops in parts of Europe after a soggy autumn and winter that […]

  • COVID-19 failures show need to prep for climate threats

    June 2, 2020

    Thomson Reuters Foundation – From collapsing supply chains to power grabs by populist leaders, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed how a crisis can swiftly ramp up wider security risks – a clear warning as climate change looms large, security experts warned on May 21, 2020. “These threats can have massive implications beyond what we’ve ever planned for,” […]

  • Summer weather forecast for Canada

    May 26, 2020

    An especially warm summer lies ahead for much of Canada in 2020. For its annual summer forecast for Canada, AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting a warmer-than-average summer for western areas of the country along with expected below-normal rainfall. The combination could make for a dangerous wildfire season in B.C. and parts of Alberta while other areas […]

  • Global trade in soy has major implications for the climate

    May 19, 2020

    University of Bonn – The extent to which Brazilian soy production and trade contribute to climate change depends largely on the location where soybeans are grown. This is shown by a recent study conducted by the University of Bonn together with partners from Spain, Belgium and Sweden. In some municipalities, CO2 emissions resulting from the […]

  • Warming Midwest may result in corn, soybean production moving north

    May 12, 2020

    Penn State – If warming continues unabated in the Midwest, in 50 years we can expect the best conditions for corn and soybean production to have shifted from Iowa and Illinois to Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to Penn State researchers. Using machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence that enables a computer system […]

  • U.S. food pickers to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050

    May 5, 2020

    University of Washington – The global pandemic has put a focus on essential workers, those we rely on for basic services. Workers who pick crops, from strawberries to apples to nuts, already face harsh conditions harvesting in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades. A new study from […]




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