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  • Spring weather to determine Prairies’ crop pest load

    January 21, 2020

    Alberta Farmer Express/MarketsFarm — How problematic insects fare across the Prairies in 2020 depends largely on the weather this spring, according to three provincial insect specialists. Be they insects grasshoppers, flea beetles, cutworms, or a few other types, their potential to cause significant damage to Prairie crops will partly depend on how dry and warm […]

  • Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

    Manitoba Co-operator/Glacier FarmMedia – Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Jan. 10 that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims […]

  • North’s melting glaciers may be carbon sinks

    January 14, 2020

    We all expect that an accelerated melting rate for Canada’s glaciers will cost us in ways we don’t even fully grasp yet — but for somewhat of an upside, it’s possible the waterways fed by those glaciers can help pull significant carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air. University of Alberta biologists have been studying […]

  • Adaptation conference coming

    A national conference early in the new year will look at ways to help deal with the emissions that drive climate change, as well as ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change we already know are coming. Adaptation Canada 2020 will be held Feb. 19-21 in Vancouver, with a “confluence of energy and […]

  • U.S. farmers see another bleak year despite Phase 1 trade deal

    January 7, 2020

    Chicago/Dimmitt, Texas/Reuters – Across snow-covered North Dakota, U.S. farmers are stuck with fields full of weather-damaged corn – a crop they planted after the U.S.-China trade war killed their soybean market. Many don’t know yet what crops they’ll plant next season among a host of dicey options. In Texas, Kansas and Colorado, farmers are weighing whether they […]

  • Does that snow on your roof need to come off?

    January 6, 2020

    North Dakota State University – This winter’s heavy snowfall has people wondering whether they need to remove snow from the roof of their house or agricultural building. “Most roofs are designed to handle the snow load of a typical winter,” North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. “Just because one roof has […]

  • Canada’s top 10 weather stories of 2019

    December 24, 2019

    Environment and Climate Change Canada – Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released its 24th annual edition of Canada’s top 10 weather stories. The list clearly shows, once again, that more and more Canadians are being impacted by extreme weather, from devastating wildfires and flooding to destructive storms and record droughts. Scientists have discovered that […]

  • Is that ice safe to drive on?

    Saskatchewan.ca – The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding people to make sure that ice is safe and thick enough before travelling on it. Ice thickness will vary on the particular waterbody and local conditions, and it’s important to remember that ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness and its strength can vary considerably from […]

  • NFU paper lays out solutions for climate, farming challenges

    December 17, 2019

    MarketsFarm/Manitoba Co-operator – The global climate crisis is interlinked with the financial crisis on Canadian farms, according to a new discussion paper from the National Farmers Union (NFU). The paper proposes changes to agriculture practices that could help the sector become part of the solution to both major issues. Compiled by Darrin Qualman in collaboration […]

  • Earth is “losing its cool” with the loss of snowpacks and glaciers

    University of Saskatchewan – At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain (COP 25), University of Saskatchewan (USask) scientists are focusing attention on the world’s changing mountain snowpacks, glaciers, vegetation, and long-term effects that the thaw of snow and ice are having on the world’s freshwater and ocean water. “The substantial change that […]

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