Research and Innovation
Family ties in the wild
Family: it’s a strange and wonderful thing. Somewhere between the first heartbeat and the last breath, our family plays a significant role in shaping who we become. Much like humans, other animals form bonds (short- or long-term) for different purposes in their lifetime, including mating and parenting.
In honour of Family Day, here is a showcase of three Canadian wildlife species with very different family structures, some that resonate with us; some that do not:
Until death do us part
Research aims to help young women diagnosed with breast cancer
(CIHR) Alicia Tait was among the 22,700 Canadian women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Two years ago, Alicia sat in a meeting room with a group of funders and researchers and shared her experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23. She hoped to provide them with a better understanding of what women like her experience.
The evolution of Canada’s most profitable crop
From its inception in the 1970s to today, canola has steadily evolved and become the most profitable crop in Canada.
In the 1990s, canola moved from open pollinated cultivars to high yielding hybrids. In 1995, the first herbicide-tolerant variety was released followed by the introduction of disease-resistant varieties.
As canola production continues to evolve, growers look for innovative tools and technologies to help meet challenges and maximize canola production.
Cost of car maintenance < Cost of a crash
With the myriad of expenses that we face every day, you may be tempted to put off vehicle maintenance to save a few bucks – and you certainly wouldn’t be alone – but is saving a few bucks worth risking your life?
On average, five people die on Canada’s roads each day. Though many of these collisions can be attributed to driving under the influence, driving distracted, or poor driving conditions, it would be ignorant to overlook the importance of the mechanical integrity.
The Polar Vortex shouldn’t be the foundation of Canadian railway policy
By Paul Miller
Last winter caused widespread disruption in freight supply chains across Canada, and railways were certainly not immune; the service they were able to provide during weeks of exceptionally cold weather fell well short of many customers’ requirements.
Canadian Weed Science Society continues to be a leader in research
For nearly 70 years, the Canadian Weed Science Society - Société canadienne de malherbologie (CWSS-SCM) has gathered to share their outstanding contributions to weed sciences. From young scientists just beginning their careers, to well-known names like Dr. Hugh Beckie, Ph.D Research Scientist, Herbicide-Resistant Plants, and Dr. Peter Sikkema, Ph.D Environmental Sciences, the society shares a passion for weed science and continues to make significant contributions to the agricultural industry in Canada.
Protecting grain grades with two-pass fungicide system
For the second harvest season, producers in Western Canada have had the freedom to market their grains to a buyer of their choice. With this freedom, producing a high-quality and high-yielding crop has become critical. In order to satisfy individual buyers and meet strict market grade tolerances, it is important that growers take a proactive approach and manage disease pathogens within their cropping systems.
Proper crop rotation beneficial for weed control
A recent poll conducted by Ipsos Reid suggests that 98 percent of Canadian growers believe that crop rotation is an effective weed management strategy. While an overwhelming majority agree with the strategy in theory, many growers do not follow recommended rotation guidelines. In fact, the poll shows that only one in three growers rotate their canola crop according to agronomists’ recommendations.
Managing herbicide resistance in Western Canada
BASF Knowledge Harvest 2015 will continue to educate growers on herbicide resistance and dig deeper into management techniques
According to weed science expert, Dr. Linda Hall growers in Western Canada have heard a lot about the spread of glyphosate resistance in recent years but can expect to hear a lot more, especially if they aren’t following proper management techniques.
Growing a successful soybean crop in western Canada
Knowledge Harvest 2015 will look closer at how biological and inoculant products increase nodulation and root growth and showcase new products
This year, Canadian soybean area could reach record highs according to Statistics Canada’s June Farm report. The report stated that for the sixth consecutive year, soybean area could potentially rise 23.5 percent from 2013 to 5.6 million acres. Final production numbers will be reported later this year.