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  • Rains create invitation for crop diseases

    August 13, 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – Early season diseases generally passed crop growers by during the dry spring, but rainfall across much of the province means they need to keep a close watch now. “The dry conditions earlier this spring tended to slow things down, but we’ve had moisture occurring, and that has elevated the risk for diseases,” […]

  • Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle

    NDSU Agriculture Communication – Haying and grazing season is underway and due to dry conditions more of the forage supply is consisting of small grains and cover crops. Although these crops offer flexibility in cropping systems and a great source of livestock feed, they could pose a risk of nitrate toxicity, according to Janna Block, livestock […]

  • Solar panels cast shade on agriculture… in a good way

    August 6, 2019

    Ecological Society of America – Imagine you are a farmer struggling to keep up with production demands because of the increasingly stressful climate. Or perhaps you are a producer of renewable energy struggling with dramatic heat and weather. With increasing temperatures, solar panels get too hot to function properly, and crops demand more water, problems […]

  • Rising CO2 levels could boost wheat yield, but at a nutritional cost

    American Chemical Society – Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising, which experts predict could produce more droughts and hotter temperatures. Although these weather changes would negatively impact many plants’ growth, the increased CO2 availability might actually be advantageous because plants use the greenhouse gas to make food by photosynthesis. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal […]

  • The impact of environment on the evolution of weeds

    July 30, 2019

    Cambridge University Press – Rapid increases in herbicide resistance show that weeds can undergo important genetic changes over very brief periods of time. But herbicide use isn’t the only factor influencing the evolution of weeds. An article featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows climate and elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) are also […]

  • Grasshoppers swarm down on Las Vegas, disrupting weather radar, tourism

    Reuters – Swarms of grasshoppers have descended upon America’s Sin City in unusual abundance this week, disrupting weather radars, deterring tourists and invoking hysteria on social media. The clouds of buzzing insects, whose migration through the Las Vegas Valley scientists say is the result of a wetter-than- normal winter, were big enough that the National […]

  • Hay shortage looms on the Prairies

    July 23, 2019

    MarketsFarm – While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops were […]

  • Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

    Cornell University – Fresh water isn’t unlimited. Rainfall isn’t predictable. And plants aren’t always thirsty. Just 3 percent of the world’s water is drinkable, and more than 70 percent of that fresh water is used for agriculture. Unnecessary irrigation wastes huge amounts of water – some crops are watered twice as much as they need […]

  • Prairie producers collect weather data for Agriculture Canada

    July 15, 2019

    The Western Producer – In June, hay production on the Prairies was about 50 per cent of normal. That production is now closer to normal, thanks to 50 to 150 millimetres of rain across most of Western Canada in late June and early July. The 50 per cent number comes from the Agro climate Impact […]

  • Wind, warmth boost insect migration

    University of Guelph – Wind and warmth can improve travel time for the billions of insects worldwide that migrate each year, according to a first-ever radio-tracking study by University of Guelph biologists. Researchers equipped monarch butterflies and green darner dragonflies with radio transmitters and tracked them through southern Ontario and several northern States to learn […]

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