Environment and Nature

Published on Wed, 12/14/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Five Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

Five Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

Running out of gift ideas this holiday season? Fear not! Check out these suggestions for the nature lovers and environmentalists in your life:

1.   Ecosystem Globe

Published on Tue, 12/13/2016 by BASF Canada

Protect flax at seeding time for a healthy, vigorous crop

Protect flax at seeding time for a healthy, vigorous crop

Areas of Western Canada experienced significant moisture during the 2016 growing season, making conditions favourable for the development of increased seed- and soil-borne diseases in flax.

Seed- and soil-borne diseases that appear in flax include seed rot, seedling blight and root rot, and these diseases are caused by the Fusarium and Rhizoctonia solani fungi. Seed rot, seedling blight and root rot can lead to significant reductions in germination and emergence, and ultimately a reduction in yield potential.

Published on Thu, 12/01/2016 by BASF Canada

Seed treatments help break the Fusarium lifecycle

Seed treatments help break the Fusarium lifecycle

Fusarium is a fungus that survives in a wide range of hosts, causes significant losses in grain yield and quality, and is easily spread by wind. Noteworthy for Canadian growers, the Fusarium fungus can overwinter in soil, or on crop and grass residues.

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. 

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