Environment and Nature

Published on Tue, 10/17/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Stopping the sixth extinction needs to start at home

Stopping the sixth extinction needs to start at home

By Dan Kraus, national conservation biologist at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Published on Tue, 10/17/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Treasure hunting: The quest for queen snakes

Treasure hunting: The quest for queen snakes

Esme BattenBy Esme Batten, conservation biology coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Published on Wed, 10/04/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

10 species protected by Conservation Volunteers, coast to coast

10 species protected by Conservation Volunteers, coast to coast

So far this year, hundreds of volunteers from across the country have gathered to lend a hand for nature at events hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Whether it was removing invasive species wreaking havoc on a delicate forest, or cleaning up shorelines along Canada’s rocky, saltwater coasts, the volunteers’ efforts blended together to create a brighter picture of conservation. Both species and habitats benefit from land conservation and stewardship. Read about 10 species from across Canada that have benefited from the power of volunteering.

Published on Thu, 09/28/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Seeing Canada through the trees: How Canadians can lead the world in forest conservation

Seeing Canada through the trees: How Canadians can lead the world in forest conservation

By Dan Kraus, National Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000 Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. Our forests are the reason why I’ve had days in the backcountry when I’ve encountered more foreign tourists, such as Germans in the Yukon, or Japanese in Algonquin Park, than Canadians. 

Published on Wed, 09/06/2017 by BASF Canada

Pre-harvest herbicide application improves harvest efficiency in canola

Pre-harvest herbicide application improves harvest efficiency in canola

Field trials show that straight cutting with a pre-harvest herbicide application can boost yields by 3.5 bushels per acre.

Growers know that running an efficient farming operation is crucial to maximizing profitability in today’s fast-paced farming environment. Straight combining canola is one way that growers can maximize efficiency on their farm.

Published on Thu, 06/15/2017 by BASF Canada

Drydown application ‘very important’ for straight-cutting canola

Drydown application ‘very important’ for straight-cutting canola

The trend of straight-cutting in canola has gained traction in recent years, particularly with farmers managing an increasing number of farm acres. A 2015 study from Ipsos found 74 percent of growers surveyed are interested in trying straight-cutting canola on their farm. Agronomists estimate that half of all canola acres will be harvested using straight-cutting by 2020.  

Those who do it, cite benefits of better management of acres, larger seeds, less green seed, reduced dockage compared to swathing, and improved weed control.

Published on Wed, 06/07/2017 by BASF Canada

Proper machinery and a pre-harvest drydown can maximize straight cutting success

Proper machinery and a pre-harvest drydown can maximize straight cutting success

With unpredictable autumn weather, harvest timing is often a balancing act. This was clear in 2016, when early snow arrived in October and interrupted harvest. Many growers found themselves with some of the 2016 crop still out in the field and little or no fall field work done.

Incorporating straight cutting some acres can help balance harvest timing, reducing some of the risks and helping growers get their crops in the bin.

Published on Mon, 06/05/2017 by BASF Canada

Bullish market for canola puts focus on disease management

Bullish market for canola puts focus on disease management

The 2017 season is poised to be a big year for canola growers. Economists predict canola earnings to range from $11.45 to $12.15/bu, and Agri-Food and Agriculture Canada released its first seeded acre estimates for 2017, with canola up 3.1 percent to 21M acres – a five-year high. Many regions throughout Saskatchewan are estimating upwards of 40 percent of the acres will have canola on them, which begs the question: how many of these acres will be a canola-snow-canola rotation?

Last year was a perfect storm for sclerotinia infection in the prairies.

Published on Wed, 05/31/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canadian Environment Week: Volunteers make a huge impact

Canadian Environment Week: Volunteers make a huge impact

By Kailey Setter, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Each spring and early summer, as Canada’s migratory species start arriving at their breeding and nesting grounds, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Conservation Volunteers also emerge from their wintering grounds.

Published on Wed, 05/31/2017 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Maintain forests and plant trees to breathe with ease

Maintain forests and plant trees to breathe with ease

June 7 is Clean Air Day. Part of Canadian Environment Week, this special day aims to drive awareness about air quality.

The negative impacts of air pollution on our health are now well-known. In fact, tens of thousands of Canadians suffer from respiratory problems related to and worsened by air pollution.

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