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  • Where there’s waste there’s fertilizer

    May 21, 2019

    American Society of Agronomy – We all know plants need nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus. To give crops a boost, they are often put on fields as fertilizer. But we never talk about where the nutrients themselves come from. Phosphorus, for example, is taken from the Earth, and in just 100-250 years, we could be […]

  • Grazing too early can decrease forage production

    May 14, 2019

    NDSU Extension Service – Turning livestock out on grass too early can have long-term impacts on grasslands. In an effort to get them out of muddy lots, many producers turned livestock out on grass earlier than normal this spring. While this decision likely enhanced herd health, it can have long-term impacts on grasslands if supplemental […]


  • What weather should you expect for this year’s growing season?

    May 7, 2019

    After a couple of colder-than-average months in a row, most people across the Prairies were looking forward to April bringing a change in our weather pattern. While we did see a change in the pattern towards warmer conditions, the question now is whether or not we’ll continue with near-average temperatures or will the heat keep […]

  • Could computer games help farmers adapt to climate change?

    April 30, 2019

    de Gruyter – Web-based gaming, such as simulation games, can promote innovative communication strategies that engage farmers with scientific research and help them adapt to climate change. Methods employed to tackle climate change, such as, for example, improving drainage systems to cope with increased levels of precipitation, are known as adaptation strategies. “Maladaptation” is the […]


  • Balancing risk versus reward in early seeding

    April 23, 2019

    Manitoba Co-operator – As the weather warms, thoughts turn to early seeding — but how to balance the risks and rewards of the practice? According to crop insurance data, early-seeded crops tend to show increased yields compared to later-seeded crops. But there are risks involved. For example, nutrient availability and uptake, particularly phosphorus, is severely […]

  • Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss

    April 16, 2019

    Michigan State University – Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. Not only will this save them time and money; it will solve one of […]


  • Weed spread more than individual landowner issue

    April 9, 2019

    Texas A&M AgriLife Communications – Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers, said Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed scientist in the Texas A&M soil and crop sciences department, College […]

  • Study identifies hotspots for climate change adaptation funding

    April 2, 2019

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture – Climate change is already making life harder on farmers, especially in developing nations. New sources of funding can help alleviate the burden but resources are limited. So where should governments, philanthropists and development agencies prioritize investment? Using a combination of the latest crop models and local expertise from farmers […]


  • Time to test your farm’s water supply

    March 26, 2019

    Testing for every possible contaminant is expensive — here’s what should be at the top of the checklist It’s up to rural landowners to keep their water safe — and spring is the ideal time to get that job done, says a water quality expert. “Winter can accumulate pollutants, then spring thaw and run-off carries […]

  • U.S. farm belt slammed by floods, heavy snow from bomb cyclone

    March 19, 2019

    Reuters – A harsh late-winter storm broadsided a vast swath of the U.S. agriculture industry this week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest fields and swamped grain elevators. A “bomb cyclone” hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains […]

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