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  • As winter closes in, livestock feed crisis kicks off

    December 10, 2019

    Manitoba Co-operator – The province hopes to revamp forage insurance, but an update to future insurance will not help producers face down their current crisis, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen acknowledged. Feed trucks have become a common sight as producers scramble to overwinter cattle, Ste. Rose du Lac Mayor Robert Brunel said. […]

  • Toronto’s worst single-day snowfall

    Environment and Climate Change Canada – On December 11, 1944, a severe winter storm dumped 48 cm of snow on Toronto’s downtown, while gale-force winds piled the snow into huge drifts. A total of 57.2 cm fell over two days. In all, 21 people died – 13 of which from overexertion. Funerals were postponed, expectant […]

  • Many ‘very rare’ plant species vulnerable to climate change

    December 3, 2019

    University of Arizona – Almost 40 per cent of global land plant species are categorized as very rare, and these species are most at risk for extinction as the climate continues to change, according to new University of Arizona-led research. The findings are published in a special issue of Science Advances that coincides with the 2019 United […]

  • Use preparation, patience when winter driving

    Strathcona County RCMP – Winter driving on snow covered roads and highways can be a pleasant adventure or it can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. Driving during the winter months can be stressful. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling during the holidays or running errands, everyone should be prepared to cope with the […]

  • ‘Harvest from hell’ means knowing your falling number critical

    November 26, 2019

    Manitoba Co-operator – The ‘harvest from hell’ has resulted in one of the worst years in recent memory for sprout damage. That’s pushed down falling numbers and — since grain buyers have different approaches to handling this issue — increased the need for farmers to know the falling numbers for their wheat. But if you […]

  • Growing resilient farms in the face of climate change

    Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario – Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of farms in Ontario. It is a struggle for farmers to manage the increase in droughts, heat and heavy rainfall brought on by climate change. As a result, many farmers are suffering reduced crop yields and income, are […]

  • Millions of acres of canola freeze, compound ‘harvest from hell’

    November 19, 2019

    Winnipeg | Reuters — Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020. Canola is renowned as Canada’s most profitable crop, exported to China, Japan and Mexico to make vegetable oil […]

  • Hurricane Dorian sweeps swimming cows to North Carolina beach

    Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C. | Reuters — Three cows have been spotted beachcombing on a remote barrier island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, swept to an unlikely grazing spot when Hurricane Dorian whipped waves powerful enough to carry them two miles from their home. One of the bovine bodysurfers was seen soon after the Category […]

  • Harvest season winding down in Alberta

    November 12, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Alberta farmers managed to make some progress despite trying conditions of cold temperatures mixed with snow and rain, including some hail, according to the province’s latest weekly crop report. For the week ended Nov. 5, approximately 88.0 per cent of all Alberta crops were in the bin. That’s up from 80.9 per […]

  • CO2 capture could be big business

    University of California Los Angeles – Capturing carbon dioxide and turning it into commercial products, such as fuels or construction materials, could become a new global industry, according to a study by researchers from UCLA, the University of Oxford and five other institutions. Should that happen, the phenomenon would help the environment by reducing greenhouse […]

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