If extreme droughts like the one experienced this year are the new norm, why are so many companies investing hundreds of millions to expand the network of grain terminals, build new canola crushing plants and establish pea protein fractionation facilities? | File photo

Muddled thinking mars climate change debate

If you ask most members of the general public about this year’s record heat and drought across the Prairies, they’ll accept the idea that it’s linked to climate change. After all, that’s what the scientists, activists and media say at every opportunity. However, there are many examples of muddled thinking on the whole climate change […] Read more

An analysis of 27 years of herbicide evaluation trials from 1992- 2018 found that when weed control was less than 94 percent over the entire weed community and growing season, it exacerbated the effect of heat or drought on corn yields. | File photo

Weeds may compound effects of climate change impact

Study says corn yields are expected to be reduced as weeds compete for fewer water resources in the American Midwest

A U.S. study has found that weeds will likely deepen the negative impact of climate change on corn yields, says a scientist. Such results likely extend to other crops, said Marty Williams, an ecologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I think what this tells farmers is that going forward, more than ever, we really […] Read more

The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company also said it would ensure its ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 percent compared to gasoline by 2030, up from about 46 percent today, the company said. | Screencap via poet.com

Largest U.S. biofuels producer pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – POET, the largest biofuels producer in the United States, said on Wednesday it is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050, making it the latest company to pledge to reduce its carbon footprint to fight climate change. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company also […] Read more

Nationwide in 2017, 2.4 billion  bushels of corn were grown on 11.6  million irrigated acres by using, on  average, 325,500 gallons of water  per acre. That same marketing year,  U.S. ethanol plants used 5.6 billion  bu. of corn to make ethanol. | File photo

Ethanol’s future is running out of gas as new reality looms

The key ingredients for a looming crack-up in ethanol — the fast rise of electric vehicles, lukewarm politics, and more evidence of catastrophic climate change — are in place and few in United States policy circles are prepared to face that reality. In fact, none of those woes are new; they’ve been building for years. […] Read more

Moving to solar and wind from our current energy configuration will be challenging because of material costs, land requirements and a potential labour shortage. | File photo

Wind, solar power no magical solution

Despite our best efforts to foresee what the future will bring, we really don’t know what is forthcoming until the future becomes the present. The challenge of climate change has focused our attention on what this unknowable future will look like and what we can or should do about any potentially serious impacts. The focus […] Read more

The plea could cause consternation in countries opting for natural gas as a cleaner alternative to CO2-belching coal. It also could pose challenges for countries where agriculture and livestock, especially cattle, are important industries. | File photo

To save the planet, focus on cutting methane – U.N. climate report

Aug 9 (Reuters) – In four decades of climate negotiations, the world has focused intensely and exclusively on the most abundant climate-warming gas: carbon dioxide. This year, scientists are urging a focus on another potent greenhouse gas – methane – as the planet’s best hope for staving off catastrophic global warming. Countries must make “strong, […] Read more

The plan called Prairie Resilience remains the backbone of the province’s climate plans, which continue to fall short of federal standards.
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Saskatchewan, Ottawa never on the same page over climate

Brad Wall was talking like he was going to the moon. It was Oct. 18, 2016, and I was sardined into a small conference room with the rest of the Regina legislative press corps. Wall, then premier of Saskatchewan, had just released an outline of his climate strategy. He was passionate and clearly believed his […] Read more

Yes, a number of temperature records have been broken. Yes, it’s been abnormally dry in many areas. Yes, there are fields that won’t see a combine. Guess what, we’ve seen in it all before. | File photo

Producers do not need a lecture on climate change

Dried-up crops hurt both your pocketbook and your self-esteem, but what I find particularly irksome is when some armchair quarterback says it’s all because of climate change. Yes, a number of temperature records have been broken. Yes, it’s been abnormally dry in many areas. Yes, there are fields that won’t see a combine. Guess what, […] Read more

According to the federal govern-ment website, the main goal of the living labs is to “accelerate the development and adoption of sus-tainable practices and technolo-gies by Canadian farmers.” | Screencap via agr.gc.ca

Climate change fight hits the ground

The Canadian government has launched a plan called Agricultural Climate Solutions, dedicated to help farming tackle climate change issues. The program aims to do so through a variety of means, including $185 million in grants and a living labs model. The living labs model brings together scientists, farmers and others in the ag industry to […] Read more