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  • 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 […]

  • Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

    July 9, 2019

    University of Adelaide – An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions, a highly potent greenhouse gas. Published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers showed that the genetics of an individual cow strongly influenced the make-up of the microorganisms in its rumen (the first stomach […]

  • Extreme weather tracker unveiled

    Agriculture Canada has unveiled a new online weather watching tool that will enable farmers to better track extreme weather conditions during the agricultural growing season. Called ‘Extreme Weather Indices,’ the tool was developed in collaboration with Environment Canada’s weather service and should help farmers plan their planting and harvesting operations. Like weather forecasts, the indices […]

  • Storms damage crops in Alberta, Saskatchewan

    July 1, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – Storms in Alberta and Saskatchewan produced hail that resulted in light to medium crop damage with heavy damage reported in at least one area, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred on June 15, June 17, June 18 and June 19. CCHA member companies are investigating 128 […]

  • Natural biodiversity protects rural farmers’ incomes from tropical weather shocks

    University of British Columbia – A big data study covering more than 7,500 households across 23 tropical countries shows that natural biodiversity could be effective insurance for rural farmers against drought and other weather-related shocks. Frederick Noack, assistant professor of food and resource economics in UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, worked with colleagues […]

  • USask study predicts more torrential downpours with global warming

    June 25, 2019

    University of Saskatchewan – The frequency of downpours of heavy rain—which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease—has increased across the globe in the past 50 years, research led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found. The number of extreme downpours increased steadily […]

  • Groundwater pumping significantly reduces river flows

    June 24, 2019

    University of Arizona – Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50 percent to stream flow declines in some U.S. rivers, according to new research led by a University of Arizona hydrologist. The new study has important implications for managing U.S. water resources. Laws regulating the use of groundwater and surface […]

  • Early season storms damage crops across Western Canada

    June 18, 2019

    Canadian Crop Hail Association – A series of storms across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta produced hail that resulted in mostly light to medium damage to crops with significant damage seen in a few fields, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred May 29, June 2, June 6, June 7, June 9 and […]

  • Ontario extends corn, soy, bean planting deadlines

    Farmtario – Waterlogged Ontario farmers still waiting on a window to plant corn, soybeans and coloured and white beans ahead of crop insurance deadlines now have at least a couple of extra days. Agricorp, the province’s production insurance and farm program delivery agency, announced extensions Friday for several of its planting deadlines. Corn growers in […]




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