Environment and Nature
Youth making differences
The UN General Assembly is calling for the youth of the world to have a place in charting the course towards healthier communities as part of International Youth Day, celebrated on August 12 this year.
As family members, guardians, mentors, teachers or peers, how can we be role models? How can we create opportunities for young people to get personally involved in charting a better future?
At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we believe in building opportunities for Canadians of all ages to connect with and care for our natural places.
Olympian offers water safety tips
Martha McCabe spends hundreds of hours in the water each year.
She is one of the world's fastest swimmers.
Yet despite international success in the pool, the Canadian Olympian still respects the danger water can bring.
Help turtles cross the road safely this season
With Victoria Day officially marking the beginning of cottage and road trip season, more Canadians are embracing the great outdoors. It’s not just humans that are getting out and about; many wildlife species are also on the move in search of prime nesting habitat to mate and breed. This often requires crossing busy roads.
With June being the height of nesting season for turtles, ‘tis the time to learn about our reptilian friends and what you can do to help them cross safely!
Turtles of Canada
Protect your canola from sclerotinia
A wet spring with moderate temperatures could create the conditions necessary for sclerotinia on your farm. If you don’t spray for sclerotinia or you don’t spray at the right time, your canola field could lose greater than half of its yield. If you wait until the first signs of the disease appear, it will be too late.
“The key to optimum sclerotinia control is timing,” said Glen Forster, Technical Marketing Specialist with BASF Canada.
Economics favour a two-pass system
Planning ahead for top quality wheat with a two-pass fungicide application can help maximize grain quality and yields, and provide an additional straw yield increase.
Although many independent agronomists recommend a two-pass fungicide application, the practice is not standard for all wheat growers. Most farmers will apply a fungicide at the heading stage, but an earlier application at the flag leaf stage is not always warranted.
Bees, moths and butterflies oh my! Create a pollinator oasis right at home
Did you know that about one-third of the world’s food crop production relies on pollination? Perhaps due to this connection, the plight of pollinators (bees in particular) has recently become highly publicized worldwide. Todd Farrell, conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says that while bees have been the poster child in the media, other pollinators such as butterflies and moths that are facing similar challenges should not be left out.
BASF is commited to new solutions that lead to a brighter future
BASF has an impressive portfolio of products that satisfies growers’ needs throughout the growing season. To remain a leader in the industry, BASF is investing in research to produce the best chemistries that will combat resistance issues that growers face today. BASF introduced Odyssey Ultra for the 2015 growing season, which combines the early season broadleaf and flushing weed control of Odyssey with the proven grass control of Poast Ultra.
Optill is a good option for vertical tillage
Canada fleabane is a major concern for growers, especially in soybeans since post emergent control options are limited. According to Peter Sikkema, a professor of field crop weed management at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus, the presence of glyphosate-resistant weeds is increasing every year. Since Canada fleabane has wind-dispersed seeds which can produce upwards of 200,000 seeds per plant, it is no wonder resistant biotypes are have spread so quickly across Ontario.
Lend a hand to nature this Earth Day
It’s April: a time when the sun shines a little brighter, birds chip louder and all around there’s a good vibe emanating from nature. With Earth Day (April 22) just around the corner, there are many ways to celebrate, give back and lend a hand to nature.
Increase expected for Canadian wheat acres in 2015
According to Statistics Canada, 2014 national wheat production (excluding durum) decreased by 22.26 percent when compared to 2013. Harvested area decreased by 10.28 percent and average yield decreased by 13.35 percent. The results of 2014 came from a combination of aspects such as the late harvest and excessive moisture affecting the amount of acres seeded in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.