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  • Targeting flooded fields that best replenish groundwater

    April 16, 2019

    Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences – In California, the amount of water exiting aquifers under the state’s most productive farming region far surpasses the amount of water trickling back in. That rampant overdraft has caused land across much of the region to sink like a squeezed out sponge, permanently depleting groundwater storage capacity […]

  • Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss

    Michigan State University – Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. Not only will this save them time and money; it will solve one of […]

  • A colder-than-average extended Prairie winter

    April 9, 2019

    After a bitterly cold February right across the Prairies, I think most people were hoping March would turn out a little bit better, and I guess that’s what happened: March was a little bit better, but not much. Looking back at the temperatures for March across all three Prairie provinces I found that compared to […]

  • Weed spread more than individual landowner issue

    Texas A&M AgriLife Communications – Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers, said Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed scientist in the Texas A&M soil and crop sciences department, College […]

  • Study identifies hotspots for climate change adaptation funding

    April 2, 2019

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture – Climate change is already making life harder on farmers, especially in developing nations. New sources of funding can help alleviate the burden but resources are limited. So where should governments, philanthropists and development agencies prioritize investment? Using a combination of the latest crop models and local expertise from farmers […]

  • Provinces vow to resist Trudeau’s carbon tax

    Reuters – Canada on Monday, April 1, imposed a landmark carbon tax on four provinces which had defied Ottawa’s push to combat climate change, prompting unhappy premiers to say they would challenge the measure. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, citing international commitments to fight global warming, had made clear for two years he would slap the […]

  • Time to test your farm’s water supply

    March 26, 2019

    Testing for every possible contaminant is expensive — here’s what should be at the top of the checklist It’s up to rural landowners to keep their water safe — and spring is the ideal time to get that job done, says a water quality expert. “Winter can accumulate pollutants, then spring thaw and run-off carries […]

  • Cryptosporidium parasite detected in Minnesota groundwater

    American Chemical Society – When consumed in contaminated water, the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium can cause symptoms of stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever. Now, researchers reporting in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have detected evidence of the parasite in about 40 percent of surveyed wells in public water systems in Minnesota — even wells not influenced by […]

  • U.S. farm belt slammed by floods, heavy snow from bomb cyclone

    March 19, 2019

    Reuters – A harsh late-winter storm broadsided a vast swath of the U.S. agriculture industry this week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest fields and swamped grain elevators. A “bomb cyclone” hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains […]

  • Pollinators need people

    James Cook University – A global study has concluded that people are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and habitat. “There’s increasing awareness of the importance of pollinators to our quality of life,” lead researcher Rosemary Hill said. “That discussion is often reduced to how to protect bees, and how […]




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