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Cover crops a good practice to mitigate climate change

Cover crops have long been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

New COO appointed to Canadian Grain Commission

Jocelyn Beaudette will be the new chief operating officer (COO) of the Canadian Grain Commission as of June 19. The current COO, Gord Miles, retires at the end of June.

Uncovering how plants detect and defeat parasitic worms

Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture, but plants can defend themselves. Researchers at Germany’s Bonn University, together with collaborators from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders.
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Current Issue 1

Scoring with wild lentil

Sabine Banniza’s project on multiple resistance to three lentil diseases has a fun tagline: Can we score a hat trick? To take this hockey analogy a bit further, the project aims to get some top disease resistance genes from a wild lentil team to join the cultivated lentil team. » Read more...
Current issue 2

How special crops fit into crop sequences

Diversified crop rotations are an important component of western Canadian cropping systems. Although crops like wheat and canola are the largest acreage crops, adding special crops into the rotation helps manage weed, disease and insect pest problems and potential resistance issues, improves soil health and maximizes profitability. » Read more...

Canolapalooza Saskatchewan

June 20, 2017
Location: Saskatoon
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Canada’s Farm Progress Show

June 21-23, 2017
Location: Regina
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Canolapalooza Manitoba

June 22, 2017
Location: Portage la Prairie, Man.
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