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  • Keep stored grain cool during spring and summer

    February 22, 2018

    North Dakota State University – Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures fluctuate and eventually start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain storage expert advises. “Not only will daytime temperatures be increasing, but the bin works as a solar collector,” Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. More […]

  • How a polar vortex keeps us cold

    I find it interesting how quickly our memories and expectations can change, especially when it comes to weather. Even though this winter our average temperature has been just a little below the long-term average, the overall comments I hear are about how cold this winter has been. Now, to be fair, we have seen a […]

  • Weeds out of control

    February 15, 2018

    Rothamsted Research – Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance, and future control must depend on management strategies that reduce reliance on chemicals. A nationwide epidemiological assessment of the factors that are driving the abundance and spread of the […]

  • How farmers impact summer temperatures

    In a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment in 2016, researchers have concluded that land use practices across our region have resulted in a summertime cooling trend since the 1970s, with a drop of about 2 C in extreme summer temperatures and an increase in overall humidity levels and precipitation. We all […]

  • Changing weather patterns confusing ecosystems

    February 8, 2018

    University of South Florida – Day and night will soon align, marking the start of spring. But the timing of nature’s calendar is starting to fall out of sync. In a study published in Nature Climate Change, a team of researchers from the University of South Florida in Tampa found that animal species are shifting the […]

  • Prune trees during a deep freeze

    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry – Very few people think of pruning in the dead of winter, but it’s probably the best time when it comes to trees infested with black knot and fire blight. “The beauty of winter pruning is that there are no leaves, and you will have a clear picture where to prune,” […]

  • Drought likely to extend into 2018

    February 1, 2018

    NDSU – The drought North Dakota experienced in 2017 could continue into 2018, according to Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of climatological practice at North Dakota State University. That may be the case, even though the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a greater chance for wetter and colder than normal weather in February […]

  • Earth books its third-warmest year on record

    The final data on worldwide temperatures for 2017 has all been crunched and according to most institutes, 2017 was indeed the third-warmest year on record and the warmest non-El Niño year on record. NOAA, the Japan Meteorological Agency and the University of Alabama in Huntsville all recorded 2017 as the third warmest in their databases. […]

  • Weather patterns, declining farm income contributing to opioid crisis

    January 25, 2018

    Penn State – The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars. […]

  • Top Canadian weather stories of 2017

    According to Environment Canada, 2017 was the eighth-warmest year on record for Canada, going back 70 years. It was also the 21st consecutive year with warmer-than-average temperatures nationally, which coincides with what the rest of the planet has experienced. I must agree with Environment Canada on the top two Canadian weather stories, both coming out […]

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