NEWS 11 April 2024 Scientists discover first algae that can fix nitrogen — thanks to a tiny cell structure

April 12, 2024
The discovery offers hope that crops could one day be engineered to grab nitrogen from the air — essentially making […]

B.C. doesn’t know where all its groundwater is going. Experts worry as drought looms

April 10, 2024
Growing up on a ranch in the Columbia River Valley, water has always been part of Kat Hartwig’s life, and […]

U.S. Groundwater Drying Up At ‘Rapid And Accelerating’ Rate

February 8, 2024
As a warming climate intensifies drought and increasing consumption around the country stresses systems, a recent study has uncovered more […]

Husker Study Finds Aquifer Depletion Threatens Crop Yields

January 19, 2024
Yield Losses Intensify When Groundwater Dwindles, Data Shows Three decades of data have informed a new Nebraska-led study that shows […]

NY’s first dairy farm biochar kiln advances green agriculture

January 17, 2024
To make New York agriculture greener, an alumnus-owned farm in Union Springs will become the state’s first commercial dairy to […]

Del-Co Water partners on Ohio’s first floating solar array Oct. 27, 2023

October 30, 2023
Upon full grid connection around spring 2024, this floating solar project will offset nearly 50% of Del-Co Water’s electricity consumption […]

America is Using Up It’s Groundwater Like There is No Tomorrow

October 27, 2023
While pumping takes little time, aquifer recharge requires thousands of years, although many aquifers are destroyed by over-pumping, the land […]

Updated Manure Value

October 27, 2023
Manured fields on average have a yield increase of 4.4%. That adds value to any farm.  To get the best […]

If earthworms were a country, they’d be the world’s fourth largest producer of grain

September 27, 2023
“Earthworms are likely to have the largest potential beneficial effects in systems where they are least likely to occur,” Van […]

Monitoring dairy cows’ water use has benefits

September 26, 2023
Small changes can pay dividends in water use on dairy farms, financially and in preserving water quality and supply. Determining […]

What Arizona And Other Drought-Ridden States Can Learn From Israel’s Pioneering Water Strategy

September 21, 2023
Water rights and laws in Arizona differ from those of Israel, and Arizona isn’t as close to seawater. Nonetheless, in […]

How we broke the water cycle and can no longer rely on rain to fall

September 19, 2023
We thought Earth’s water cycle was resilient to human meddling, but new analysis shows our supplies of water in plants […]

Rampant groundwater pumping has changed the tilt of Earth’s axis

June 19, 2023
The Earth has lost enough groundwater to thirsty humans to measurably tilt the planet’s axis of rotation1. The net water […]

How farmers can break free of their synthetic fertilizer addiction

June 15, 2023
As the farmer-in-residence at a research hub for tech start-ups called Area X.O, Wallace is conducting research with University of […]

The world’s largest lakes are shrinking dramatically and scientists say they have figured out why

May 18, 2023
More than half of the world’s largest lakes and reservoirs have lost significant amounts of water over the last three […]

Wastewater Is The Missing Link In Water And Climate Discussions

April 21, 2023
Water and climate are inextricably linked. We see the effects of climate change showing up largely through water, with either […]

New technologies hold out promise for massive change

November 28, 2022
A handful of start-up companies are looking at how they can harness soil microbes to make nitrogen for crops instead […]

Roots Eat Bacteria

November 9, 2022
Roots Eat Bacteria

Careful Management Of Our Water Supply Reduces Water Stress

September 2, 2022
Every year, the U.N. works to highlight the importance of one of our most precious natural resources on World Water […]

Biological nutrient uptake

May 9, 2022
Regenerative farming practices emphasize nutrient uptake from soils through natural soil biological cycles.  This ecologically‐based agricultural approach uses microbes and […]

Teff hay seen as new forage option

April 11, 2022
Originally grown as a cereal crop, it has received good marks in research trials and impressed livestock producers The shock […]

Seaweed moves from ocean to field

April 7, 2022
Acadian Plant Health is one of hundreds of companies hoping to tap into a booming market for crop bio-stimulants. Fortune […]

Udder shape plays role in mastitis

March 25, 2022
Mastitis is more common and better studied in dairy cattle than beef cows but the latter group aren’t free from […]

Global Warming Is Amplifying Our Water Cycle — And It’s Happening Much Faster Than We Expected

March 3, 2022
A UNSW Sydney-led study shows at least two times more freshwater has shifted from warm to cold regions of the […]

Picturing the sound of a bug’s wings

January 20, 2022
To collect the insect data, FarmSense built a sensor called FlightSensor that has been designed to help farmers identify harmful […]

Your farm in 2,000 years

January 7, 2022
Most farm families are proud of their recent history, perhaps going back 50 to 100 years. And you may be […]

Scientist sounds water crisis alarm

January 7, 2022
The megadrought affecting the western United States has prompted a scientist to warn that Canada’s prairie provinces need to better […]

Biogas system an option for sustainable livestock farms

January 1, 2022
Harcolm Farms is small compared to most Ontario operations. It robotically milks about 70 cows in its freestall barn. But […]

Prairie precipitation predictions: right amounts at the wrong times

December 31, 2021
Much of Earth’s excess heat is now stored in the Pacific Ocean, which is the source of Prairie precipitation. This […]

Nose pumps can help keep the water running

December 28, 2021
Jim Anderson, a rancher near Rimbey, Alta., solved his winter water problems 25 years ago by creating an innovative water […]

Farmers in England to be paid for looking after soil health

December 10, 2021
Farmers will be paid for looking after England’s soils for the first time from next year, when the first stage […]

Why so high?

December 7, 2021
The first step in making nitrogen is making ammonia, which is produced by taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and combining […]

Making clouds rain with electricity

November 26, 2021
Cloud seeding has been used for more than 20 years to protect crops from hail in Texas. Only recently have […]

Dr. Karen Beauchemin and her ground-breaking work in reducing methane

November 26, 2021
“Animal nutrition was my specialty,” she recalls. “But after a few years, I started thinking about the effects of livestock […]

Loading soil with biochar allows farmers to cut way back on irrigation

July 27, 2021
At high applications levels, researchers found that biochar can not only soak up a lot of carbon, but also reduce […]

Agricultural leader envisions industry’s future

July 27, 2021
Rob Saik says agriculture will have to be “infinitely sustainable” to feed a growing population, including soil health, water-use efficiency, […]

Droughty Crops Make Toxic Forage

July 19, 2021
“Using these crops for forage is very risky,” Berti told DTN. “The main risk is nitrate poisoning as it is […]

Seaweed may cut methane emissions

July 14, 2021

Multi-Purpose Living Mulch Improves Soil Health and Farmer’s Bottom Line Multi-Purpose Living Mulch Improves Soil Health and Farmer’s Bottom Line

June 28, 2021
The primary challenge to using kura clover as a cover crop is that seeds are sometimes difficult to find, and […]

Water Shortages Return to Quebec as Pleas for Conservation Sound Across Canada

June 22, 2021
More and more municipalities are struggling with dry conditions as mayors in British Columbia’s Okanagan region, as well as the […]

The Nitrogen Emergency and How to Fix Our Forgotten Environmental Crisis

May 17, 2021
All life on Earth depends on nitrogen. Most of the crucial chemical components of our bodies, from the proteins in […]

The complex world of methane

May 7, 2021
Extracted from Conversations that Matter – Vancouver Sun May 1, 2021 The debate over agricultural methane is raging, cow burps […]

Bacteria help plants grow without fertilizer

May 4, 2021
It is well known that nitrogen is important for plant growth. Farmers can artificially increase the amount of nitrogen in […]

Will Agriculture Lose Access to Water?

April 29, 2021
According to Justin Stoler, an associate professor in geography and sustainable development at the University of Miami, water futures are […]

Addressing the challenges from within

January 14, 2021
No-till experiences of an Ohioan farmer are always worth sharing.  Challenges with equipment, the weather, waterways, and a lack of […]

Cattle seen as agriculture’s long term solution

January 9, 2021
A producer from Manitoba says integrating livestock in a farming operation is a key part of a philosophy that also […]

Plants that suck metals from the soil

January 7, 2021
Farms that grow metal-rich plants are cropping up around the world and promise a greener, less destructive alternative to mining […]

Soil Compaction – Silent yield thief

December 22, 2020
    Damage from soil compaction has significant impact on water infiltration, root development, nutrient uptake by crops and ultimately […]

Livestock emissions downplayed

December 21, 2020
Depiction of the livestock industry as a major emitter of greenhouse gas doesn’t usually consider its role in converting forages […]

Not your Grandparent’s soil

December 16, 2020
Data from the University of Illinois shows that on plots dating back to 1873, we have lost about 80% of […]

North American Farmers Warned To Prepare for a Long Dry Spell

December 7, 2020
“I don’t have enough evidence to sit here and beat my chest and say, ‘this is it,’ ” said Lerner. […]

Carbon Farming

November 18, 2020
Carbon farming is a broad set of agricultural practices across a variety of farm types that result in increased storage […]

Cargill joins regenerative agriculture movement

October 29, 2020
Regenerative agriculture has been gaining popularity in pockets of farming over the last several years, but now Cargill Inc., the […]

Step up to the plate – Jobs in Food and Agriculture

October 28, 2020
Search for employment resource sites across Canada, positions on farms, in food and beverage manufacturing, in distribution, and much more. […]

Increasing Long-Term Soil Carbon Storage

October 26, 2020
A long-term study shows compost is important to improving cropping systems and increasing carbon sequestration.  It compared different management approaches […]

Soil Health Indicators

October 26, 2020
Almost all soils farmed long-term have been altered from their natural state. Most soils have become degraded due to a […]

Water – The Forgotten Nutrient

October 21, 2020
Water represents 80% of the weight of a newborn piglet and is the most essential of all nutrients. Yet, in […]

Implanting beef-cattle embryos in dairy cows makes them more lucrative

October 14, 2020
Farmers in the US have begun implanting dairy cows with fertilised embryos of beef cattle, so they produce calves bred […]

Rethinking Methane

September 4, 2020
Methane (CH4) is a potent greenhouse gas that is 25-28 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2) — the primary greenhouse […]

Dairy Farms of America Aim to Reduce GHG’s by 30% by 2030

September 4, 2020
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a Kansas City, Kan.-based dairy cooperative owned by family farmers, announced a continued step forward […]

Stop Searching for Cows and Start Finding Them

September 3, 2020
Use cow locating technology to enhance herd checks, efficiently manage cows and improve labor efficiency. Control costs without compromising cow […]

Public Support for Ag has its limits

September 3, 2020
Grassroots Public Affairs, an Ontario firm, asked 1,004 Canadians about their views on government subsidies and support for certain commodities, […]

Understand farmland economics, not just the farmland market

August 25, 2020
Ed White discusses some ideas about investment in land when some of the old ideas could stand to be reviewed […]

Kelderview Holsteins sees dramatic reductions in mastitis cases

August 18, 2020
When Kelderview Holsteins operated a parlour, they saw one or two cases of mastitis per month. After the installation of […]

Automatic Fence Lifter Makes Short Work of Heavy Density Grazing

August 17, 2020
Unruh believed in the system, which he hoped would help beat back the saplings encroaching on his pasture while increasing […]

Farmers embrace digital platform

August 17, 2020
Taya Page, who hails from a farming family near Boissevain and now farms with her husband at Altoba Farms near […]

With better soil, farmers can fight climate change, make agriculture more sustainable

August 17, 2020
David Burton, a soil scientist and professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said that over the years, intensive agriculture production […]

Producers urged to test their water’s quality

July 31, 2020
A Saskatchewan livestock specialist says visually inspecting water is not a reliable way to determine its suitability Considering that a […]

COVID-19 Forces farmers to go digital

July 28, 2020
COVID-19 has interrupted the face-to-face contact farmers traditionally enjoyed with their agronomists, suppliers and equipment dealers. Although not as efficient, […]

Strategic Spreading

July 23, 2020
Research into variable rate manure application looks to understand effects on environmental systems.  “I think we’re seeing some promising results […]

Full-value or half-value from precision ag efforts?

July 23, 2020
“We getting all kinds of satellite imagery and aircraft and drone aerial imagery. That’s good, but those images need to […]

Raise Healthier Calves by Monitoring Heat Stress

July 21, 2020
Our focus should be to recognize the signs of heat stress and take action for prevention. Calves start to feel […]

Birkstead Holsteins See Fertility, Health Benefits from Crossbreeding

July 21, 2020
Crossbreeding cows has become the new normal for Birkstead Holsteins in Elora, Ontario. Thomas Wantenaar and his family have been […]

Rock dust reduces carbon dioxide in air

July 9, 2020
Spreading volcanic rock on farmland not only has the potential to remove carbon dioxide but has several side benefits, the […]

Calcium and Manganese deficiencies

June 19, 2020
Calcium and manganese are two soil abundant elements that are often not as plant available and may be deficient in […]

Earthworms enhance soil tilth and fertility

June 3, 2020
Here are just a few things the earthworms do to improve our soil. They alter soil structure, improving water movement, […]

Climate change could cause droughts across North America

May 25, 2020
Warming allows the atmosphere to absorb more moisture giving rise to more intense rain and the feeling that droughts are […]

Going paperless: Pandemic makes digital a new reality

May 7, 2020
This article reviews the changing communication methods as we adapt to the virus challenge.  But some things will never change […]

Beef defended against methane

May 5, 2020
This article gives a new rebuttal to the assertion that agriculture continues to add greenhouse gases to our atmosphere but […]

Opinion: Canada’s Climate Creates Challenges and Opportunities

May 1, 2020
It looks like Australia’s climate luck is moving to Canada where we will become the breadbasket to the world. According […]

Seeding Climate Action on Canadian Farms

April 15, 2020
Farmers for Climate Solutions, a new group formed to  start looking at ways they can do something about the climate […]

Dairy Operators Strike Balance to Protect Groundwater

April 15, 2020
California dairy operators are working towards a better understanding of fertilization techniques.   The idea is to take a much closer […]

Young farmers told to take a manufacturing mindset

March 24, 2020
Two speakers at the recent Manitoba Young Farmers conference demonstrated how to analyze data to find money-saving efficiencies.  “Some people […]

Food – Just enough, just in time

March 22, 2020
It’s clear that recent events expose a fundamental flaw in the global systems that bring us our daily bread. In […]

Maximize returns by increasing number of rotational choices

March 16, 2020
According to the news release, over the last two decades, farmers in the central United States have moved toward monocultures […]

Soil microbes may be starved in your soils!

March 12, 2020
This article reviews the relationship between microbes, soil, roots and the flow of nutrients in plants.  How many worms turn […]

Ag tech needs farm kids

March 3, 2020
This article from the Manitoba Co-operator  describes kids learning AI in a day and points out that technology is the […]

Okanagan region to expect warmer, wetter days in future

February 25, 2020
This article is to serve as an early-warning advice to enable mitigating activities to be planned and implemented in time […]

Can we expect understanding if we don’t explain the problem?

February 24, 2020
This article from the Manitoba Co-operator describes one “Millennial Farmer” and how he has found a multitude of followers, a […]

Dairy industry can show the way

February 14, 2020
This article describes a large dairy complex.  It therefore fails to point out that smaller dairies can make an impact […]

Climate Change Report for the Okanagan

February 14, 2020
The Okanagan will have considerably hotter summers, along with warmer winters and longer growing seasons, according to a new climate change […]

Adapting to Extreme Weather

February 13, 2020
This article reviews some of the strategies that farmers will be adopting in the coming years.  While it reflects Ohio […]

How Canadian farmers can go from climate change polluters to a key part of the solution

February 11, 2020
After trudging through the thick layer of snow blanketing his farmland, Brent Preston shovels some aside and begins digging into […]

Record-breaking hot years look set to continue through the next decade

February 11, 2020
The recent streak of record-breaking hot years is set to continue throughout the next decade. It is likely that every […]

Hamburger Heaven?

February 6, 2020
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Water used to produce milks

January 31, 2020
This comparison shows how the negative press comparisons could be refuted by reducing fresh water consumption on the farm by […]

Micronutrient Fertilization

January 30, 2020
ATD’s system separates and concentrates dissolved nutrients, providing the opportunity to apply them wherever and whenever you need them.  Dried […]

What changes are needed to feed more people

January 22, 2020
This article reviews the changes needed to feed more people sustainably with what we have and points to 9 limits […]

New funding available to Agriculture sector

January 22, 2020
New funding available to Agriculture sector ready to adopt new technology to increase sustainability  Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations and […]

A review of axle weights versus soil compaction

January 21, 2020
“One of the most important tools a farmer can have as he manages compaction is a tire air pressure gauge,” […]

The Ohio farmer who quit tillage Cold Turkey

January 21, 2020
This farmer tells a story of the ‘old times’ and the ‘new times’ on his 500 acre farm, the learning […]

Farmers Should Be Researchers

January 21, 2020
Manitoba editor makes a point. Why not move from the trial-and-error mode to one that is closer to the scientific […]

Another entrant to the ‘not really milk’ market

January 21, 2020
Here comes a ‘milk machine’ to your favorite retailer.  The manufacturer will offer flavors, adjustable texture and mouthfeel with a […]

When rivers run dry

January 21, 2020
This Australian editorial describes ‘dryness’ in an emotional picture of what may be an extreme situation down there, but it […]

Groundwater depletion on a global scale but also points to the unregulated withdrawals by agriculture

January 21, 2020
Change may be in the wind. “The implications reach far beyond food security… Farmers turned climate refugees will need to […]