Environment and Nature

Published on Tue, 11/22/2016 by BASF Canada

New Clearfield Canola hybrids offer disease and agronomic performance along with specialty oil traits

New Clearfield Canola hybrids offer disease and agronomic performance along with specialty oil traits

Canola acres have grown 50 percent over the past ten years and will continue to grow, making it an economic driver for growers in Western Canada. This growth, which is accompanied by a demand for specialty canola oils such as high-oleic or omega 9 oils, strengthens the call for the development of new, high-performance seed varieties.

“Canola has become the real economic driver for a lot of farms in Western Canada. As a result, growers are increasing the frequency of it in their rotations,” said Derwyn Hammond, Area Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer.

Published on Thu, 11/17/2016 by BASF Canada

Maximizing soybean production: The importance of inoculation

Maximizing soybean production: The importance of inoculation

In agriculture, practices and standards are constantly evolving to maximize crop health and yield. In soybeans, common practice is to inoculate first-time soybean fields, in order to stimulate higher numbers of nitrogen-fixing rhizobia bacteria that promote plant health and help increase yield. However, agronomists are now encouraging growers to always inoculate, and even to double inoculate established soybean fields.

Published on Wed, 11/02/2016 by BASF Canada

Specific rhizobia bacteria lead to maximum benefits in peas and lentils

Specific rhizobia bacteria lead to maximum benefits in peas and lentils

Although being buried alive is considered a general fear among humans, to help promote crop yield, it is an inoculant’s job to be buried alive. Inoculants are applied to seed or in-furrow because they contain rhizobium; living bacteria that help fix atmospheric nitrogen into a form of nitrogen that plants can use.

Published on Wed, 10/26/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

13 Facts About Canadian Bats

13 Facts About Canadian Bats

There are 19 species known bat species in Canada. Although they are subjected to a spooky stigma around Halloween, they’re nothing to be afraid of.

 Here are 13 things you didn’t know about this not-so-scary mammal:

1.  The snooze button. While hibernating, bats do not feed or drink, and their body temperature and metabolic rates decrease markedly. This energy-efficient state allows them to sleep away the long northern winters.

Published on Tue, 10/25/2016 by BASF Canada

Inoculants for every field, every year aid in a successful soybean crop through increased nitrogen uptake

Inoculants for every field, every year aid in a successful soybean crop through increased nitrogen uptake

In order to grow into a strong, successful crop, soybeans require large amounts of nitrogen. Soybeans receive nitrogen either through nitrogen fertilizers or through tiny living organisms—rhizobia.

Rhizobia are soil bacteria that form nodules on a plant’s roots. The bacteria help convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium, a form of nitrogen that can be used by the plant. Rhizobia provide the plant with necessary nutrients, helping to promote plant health and increase yield potential.

Published on Fri, 10/21/2016 by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

CASA Welcomes New Board Member at Annual Conference

CASA Welcomes New Board Member at Annual Conference

October 21, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) welcomes one new board member for 2016–2017.

Dave Brand, owner of Apex Land & Livestock, was elected to join CASA’s Board of Directors at “Empowering the AgSafe Family: Keeping Kids Safe,” CASA’s 22nd annual farm safety conference and AGM held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island October 4 to 6, 2016.

Published on Fri, 10/07/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Give Thanks for Canada’s Nature

Give Thanks for Canada’s Nature

Give Thanks for Canada’s Nature  
By John Lounds

As the days get shorter and the leaves change colour, Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, such as friends, family, and the way nature enriches our lives.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is grateful for the support received from individuals and groups across the country to protect habitats and wildlife, including species at risk. 

Published on Wed, 10/05/2016 by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

CASA Welcomes G3 as Grain Safety Program Sponsor

CASA Welcomes G3 as Grain Safety Program Sponsor

October 5, 2016, Winnipeg, MB: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce that G3 Canada Limited (G3) has committed funding in support of CASA’s Grain Safety Program.

Published on Wed, 09/21/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

For the Love of Trees: TD Bank Group helps NCC conserve forests in all 10 Provinces

For the Love of Trees: TD Bank Group helps NCC conserve forests in all 10 Provinces

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and TD Bank Group (TD) are marking National Forest Week with the announcement of 25 conservation projects across the country.

The conservation projects total more than 40,606 acres (16,432 hectares). That’s an area equivalent to more than 27,000 Canadian football fields – or 15 football fields a day over the five year initiative!

Published on Tue, 09/20/2016 by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

Four Prairie Grower Organizations Contribute to CASA’s Grain Safety Program

Four Prairie Grower Organizations Contribute to CASA’s Grain Safety Program

Winnipeg, MB, September 20, 2016: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is pleased to announce that four grower organizations – Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Pulse Growers (APG), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), and Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) – have committed $120,000 to CASA’s Grain Safety Program.

“Having producer support of the Grain Safety Program is vital to the success of this initiative,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director.

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