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  • How bumblebees speed up flowering

    June 2, 2020

    ETH Zurich – Spring has sprung earlier than ever before this year, accompanied by temperatures more typical of early summertime. Many plants were already in full bloom by mid-?April, about three to four weeks earlier than normal. These types of seasonal anomalies are becoming increasingly frequent due to climate change, and the resulting uncertainty threatens […]

  • COVID-19 failures show need to prep for climate threats

    Thomson Reuters Foundation – From collapsing supply chains to power grabs by populist leaders, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed how a crisis can swiftly ramp up wider security risks – a clear warning as climate change looms large, security experts warned on May 21, 2020. “These threats can have massive implications beyond what we’ve ever planned for,” […]

  • Summer weather forecast for Canada

    May 26, 2020

    An especially warm summer lies ahead for much of Canada in 2020. For its annual summer forecast for Canada, AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting a warmer-than-average summer for western areas of the country along with expected below-normal rainfall. The combination could make for a dangerous wildfire season in B.C. and parts of Alberta while other areas […]

  • Cool weather slows pasture growth

    Manitoba Co-operator – Frost and cold weather are delaying hay land and pasture growth this spring — this while some producers with short feed stocks are looking to put cattle out early. On May 13, temperature lows across the province included -8.5 C at Brandon, -8.1 C in Steinbach, and -10.2 C in Dauphin, according to Environment Canada data. “Presently pastures are short […]

  • Soybean seeding rates and risk

    May 19, 2020

    American Society of Agronomy – To some, farming might seem simple: plant seeds, help them grow, then sell the product. But the reality is much different. Farming requires many complex decisions throughout the year. One such decision is seeding rate – the number of seeds planted per acre. The best seeding rate for soybean fields […]

  • Global trade in soy has major implications for the climate

    University of Bonn – The extent to which Brazilian soy production and trade contribute to climate change depends largely on the location where soybeans are grown. This is shown by a recent study conducted by the University of Bonn together with partners from Spain, Belgium and Sweden. In some municipalities, CO2 emissions resulting from the […]

  • Warming Midwest may result in corn, soybean production moving north

    May 12, 2020

    Penn State – If warming continues unabated in the Midwest, in 50 years we can expect the best conditions for corn and soybean production to have shifted from Iowa and Illinois to Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to Penn State researchers. Using machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence that enables a computer system […]

  • Scientists take another step closer to heat-tolerant wheat

    Lancaster University – Researchers working on molecular-level responses in crops have taken a step closer to their goal of producing heat-tolerant wheat. Smart thermostats tell air conditioners to switch on when the sun is bearing down in the summer and when to shut down to conserve energy. Similarly, plants have Rubisco activase, or Rca for […]

  • U.S. food pickers to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050

    May 5, 2020

    University of Washington – The global pandemic has put a focus on essential workers, those we rely on for basic services. Workers who pick crops, from strawberries to apples to nuts, already face harsh conditions harvesting in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades. A new study from […]

  • Salt-tolerant bacteria help plants sprout in saline soil

    Experimental Biology – A new study has shown that salt-tolerant bacteria can be used to enhance salt tolerance in various types of plants. The new approach could increase crop yield in areas dealing with increasing soil salinity. Each year, about 2 million to 3 million hectares of irrigated farmland go out of production worldwide due […]




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