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 theif

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 […]