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  • Crop diversity can buffer effects of climate change

    March 24, 2020

    Stanford University – How we farm can guard against climate change and protect critical wildlife – but only if we leave single-crop farms in the dust, according to a new Stanford study. The research provides a rare, long-term look at how farming practices affect bird biodiversity in Costa Rica. “Farms that are good for birds […]

  • New satellite-based algorithm pinpoints crop water use

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – The growing threat of drought and rising water demand have made accurate forecasts of crop water use critical for farmland water management and sustainability. But limitations in existing models and satellite data pose challenges for precise estimates of evapotranspiration — a combination of evaporation from soil and transpiration from […]

  • Livestock producers should prepare for flooding

    March 17, 2020

    NDSU Agriculture Communication – Livestock producers should make plans for moving feed and livestock to higher ground before flooding this spring, North Dakota State University Extension specialists say. While the latest flood forecast showed some improvements, many areas of North Dakota are projected to experience moderate to major flooding this spring. The greatest flood impacts […]

  • Protect wells from spring flooding

    NDSU Agriculture Communication – If your well is in a flood-prone area, now is the time to protect it from floodwaters. “It is better to protect the well before flood events than have to clean it afterward,” North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Tom Scherer says. Here are some steps to take if you think […]

  • Prairie spring road restrictions coming into effect

    March 10, 2020

    MarketsFarm – Seasonal spring road restrictions are coming into effect across much of Western Canada, which should disrupt some grain movement as Prairie temperatures warm up and the snow melts. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an effort to reduce the damage heavier loads can […]

  • Cool beans. A vertical crop fit for a changing climate

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture – Growing more climbing beans, as opposed to lower-yield bush beans, could help increase food security in sub-Saharan Africa as demand for food increases, climate change becomes more pronounced, and arable land becomes scarcer, according to a new study. Researchers mapped suitable cultivation areas and modeled future scenarios for 14 […]

  • Big data helps farmers adapt to climate variability

    March 3, 2020

    Michigan State University – A new Michigan State University study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats — both present and future — from a changing climate. The study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to precisely quantify soil and landscape features and spatial and […]

  • Model shows abandoned cropland offers cool

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology – If you’ve ever sat in the cool shade of a tree on a hot summer day, you already know that shaded areas are cooler than open fields. But is that kind of cooling enough to make a difference in the hotter world of the future? When a team […]

  • Climate change to open up more farmland, but at a cost

    February 25, 2020

    University of Guelph – In a warming world, Canada’s north may become our breadbasket of the future – but this new “farming frontier” also poses environmental threats from increased carbon emissions to degraded water quality, according to the first-ever study involving University of Guelph researchers. The research team modelled prospects for growing major food crops in […]

  • Weather maps paint an unsettling picture of 2019

    Alberta Farmer Express – It would take more than a thousand words to even briefly describe the weather during last year’s growing season. But provincial agrometeorology modelling expert Ralph Wright was able to do that in four colour-coded maps. For example, the March-May precipitation map is a sea of bright and dark red (indicating conditions seen […]

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