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  • 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 […]

  • Ontario extends corn, soy, bean planting deadlines

    Farmtario – Waterlogged Ontario farmers still waiting on a window to plant corn, soybeans and coloured and white beans ahead of crop insurance deadlines now have at least a couple of extra days. Agricorp, the province’s production insurance and farm program delivery agency, announced extensions Friday for several of its planting deadlines. Corn growers in […]

  • Do crops really grow better in the north?

    June 11, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Some call it northern vigour. Others call it the northern advantage. And now, one group of Alberta researchers are setting out to prove what some farmers have been saying all along — that crops really do grow better up north. “In this part of Alberta, we have 19 hours of daily […]

  • Heat, not drought, will drive lower crop yields

    Cornell University – Climate change-induced heat stress will play a larger role than drought stress in reducing the yields of several major U.S. crops later this century, according to Cornell University researchers who weighed in on a high-stakes debate between crop experts and scientists. “There is a big divide in this field, and we thought […]

  • Prairie dryness concerns to persist

    June 4, 2019

    MarketsFarm — Large areas of Western Canada remain on the dry side, with little moisture in the immediate forecasts. And while it’s still early in the growing season, the interplay of conflicting patterns from the south and north will determine whether the dry areas receive timely precipitation during the growing season. “We are looking at a […]

  • Climate change already affecting global food production

    University of Minnesota – The world’s top 10 crops — barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane and wheat — supply a combined 83 percent of all calories produced on cropland. Yields have long been projected to decrease in future climate conditions. Now, new research shows climate change has already affected production […]

  • How corn’s ancient ancestor swipes left on crossbreeding

    May 28, 2019

    Carnegie Institute for Science – Determining how one species becomes distinct from another has been a subject of fascination dating back to Charles Darwin. New research led by Carnegie’s Matthew Evans and published in Nature Communications elucidates the mechanism that keeps maize distinct from its ancient ancestor grass, teosinte. Speciation requires isolation. Sometimes this isolation […]

  • Temperature differences and severe weather

    As we slowly move toward summer and all of its associated weather, I figured we need to look at the topic of severe summer weather. So far this year we have seen a few thunderstorms, but without any significant hot weather, most have been on the weak side. That’s not to say there hasn’t been […]

  • 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 […]

  • Winter storms top list of business interruptions

    Supplied/FirstOnSite Restoration – A recent survey of Canadian mid-sized businesses took the pulse of managers, owners and executives to find out what types of disasters they had encountered, and the level of preparedness they felt they had in place. The 2019 FirstOnSite Business Continuity Survey – asked 500 Canadian businesses “has your business been interrupted […]

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