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Western Canada Update – Green Seed Troubles, Waste Reduction and Farming Stress

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  Canola School: Managing High-Green Yields

Immature canola seed naturally contains chlorophyll, a green pigment essential for photosynthesis. As canola seeds mature, enzymes remove the chlorophyll, a process thought to improve seed longevity. The enzymes responsible, however, are relatively picky, agreeing only to work when temperatures are above 5ºC and at seed moisture contents above 20 per cent. If this environment is altered, the enzymes might take some time off, or may quit entirely.

Eyeing Rural Alberta for Waste Reduction Week


You’re in town, enticed by the aroma of your favourite coffee joint, but you’ve forgotten your favourite reusable mug. Do you get a java to-go anyway?

It’s the middle of winter and you’ve just finished unloading your last grain bag. What do you do with the plastic?

Every year, during the third week of October, Canadian non-profits, non-governmental organizations and governments collaborate to empower Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle.


wheatLately there has been a lot of media and coverage on agriculture – investments, technology, GMO vs. non-GMO, green fields and blue-sky opportunities and more. But very little attention is given to the real people working in the field everyday- the farmers – to make ag as amazing as it is. It’s pretty easy to forget about the people and families in the field, building this opportunity and using this agriculture technology being built.

beesA group of more than 30 organizations and agencies from across North America have formed a coalition to address concerns about honey bee health.The Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Honey Council and CropLife Canada are part of the Honey Bee Health Coalition which released a “Honey Bee Health Roadmap” last week. The document lays out a framework of priorities and actions to be followed to achieve a healthy bee population while also maintaining productive agriculture systems and ecosystems.

Soybean School West: What’s the Right Amount of Tillage for Soybean Residue?
Can deep-tilling soybean residue be justified? A researcher from the University of Manitoba is looking at whether tillage practices need to change as farmers in Western Canada grow more soybeans. Despite leaving less plant matter behind than most crops, it’s not uncommon to see soybean ground cultivated to leave a dark surface that warms up and dries out sooner in spring.

Created October 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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