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COVER CROPS: The potential is huge, but so is the learning curve - Alberta Farmer Express

Looking over at the emptied room that had been packed with attentive farmers a few minutes earlier, cover crops guru Kevin Elmy could only shake his …

Farming

The plant doctor app helping to identify plant disease

A mobile phone could be set to help farmers identify diseases in their produce.<p>Tomato plants for instance can suffer from a widespread disease called powdery mildew. It is a fungus which leaves a white powder on the leaves.<p>But thanks to an app called Plantix, developed by Hannover-based startup …

Climate change will hurt crops more than it helps them, study suggests

Out of the many consequences of climate change, from melting glaciers to changing weather patterns, its effect on agriculture has emerged as one of the most complex issues for scientists to investigate. It’s also among the most globally significant.<p>As the world’s population approaches 8 billion …

Climate Change

Pesticide alternative helps plants protect themselves from disease

Though it's not as widely publicized as the effects of climate change, crop diseases are one of the biggest threats to food security. According to …

The USDA Updated Its Definition of “Organic”

Words like “organic” and even “free-range” are more marketing language than anything else, but now the Department of Agriculture has changed that a …

Agriculture