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  • Land management for a changing climate

    October 22, 2019

    University of Illinois – Nitrogen from agricultural production is a major cause of pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and contributes to large dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Illinois and other Midwestern states have set goals to reduce nitrogen load through strategies that include different land management practices. A new study from University […]

  • Future flash drought to increase over humid regions

    Chinese Academy of Sciences – Flash drought is a new phenomenon with increasing prominence under global warming. The drought develops rapidly without sufficient early warning, and has stricken the world with severe impacts during recent years, such as the droughts over central USA in 2012 that caused billions of dollars of economic losses, southern China […]

  • Wet fall raises Manitoba spring flood risk

    October 15, 2019

    Manitoba Co-operator — Manitoba’s Red River Valley is very wet heading into the winter freeze, but it’s still too early to say if the saturated soils will lead to flooding in the spring, according to provincial forecasters. The Manitoba government on Oct. 9 took the unprecedented step of opening the Red River Floodway, marking the first […]

  • Wet fields slow hail damage investigations

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – Heavy rain and wet fields continue to slow crop damage investigations as farmers report a new round of hailstorms across western Canada, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred Sept. 17-30. CCHA member companies are investigating about 640 claims of crop damage in Saskatchewan and Manitoba during […]

  • Snow, cold grind Alberta harvest to virtual standstill

    October 8, 2019

    Marketsfarm – Last weekend’s dump of snow coupled with cold temperatures brought the Alberta harvest to a complete halt, according to the province’s latest crop report. For the week ended Oct. 1, the province-wide harvest managed to improve to 33.7 per cent from 28.1 per cent the previous week. This year’s pace was slightly above […]

  • The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure

    Iowa State University – Massive networks of drains, pipes and tiles that enable food production on much of the world’s most productive cropland are due for expansion and replacement to meet the demands of agricultural intensification and climate change. How that infrastructure is updated will have enormous consequences on food production and the environment, according […]

  • Alberta snow further delays canola harvest, boosts prices

    October 1, 2019

    MarketsFarm – Canola prices finished up at Monday’s close, boosted by a weather premium after a low pressure system brought considerable snowfall to parts of Alberta over the weekend. Snow was mostly concentrated in the southern region of the province. Calgary and surrounding areas received around 30 centimetres of snow, according to preliminary results from […]

  • Storms deliver nearly 1,000 hail claims to Prairies

    Grainews/MarketsFarm — There were almost 1,000 claims for hail damage across the Prairies following a series of storms Sept. 15-20, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA). The CCHA said the most destructive of the storms during that week came on Sept. 17. “There is significant damage from this late–season storm. There was heavy rain […]

  • Grains with better flood survival

    September 24, 2019

    University of California-Riverside – Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. Thanks to new research, that could soon change — good news for a world in which rains are increasing in both frequency and intensity. The research, newly published in Science, studied how other crops compare to rice when submerged […]

  • Climate change study finds maple syrup season may arrive sooner

    Dartmouth College – Once winter nights dip below freezing and the days warm up above freezing sap begins to flow in sugar maples marking the start of the syrup season. U.S. maple syrup production is a global industry, which has been increasing by nearly 10 percent per year over the past decade according to the USDA’s […]

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