Thursday, December 31, 2009

Saskatchewan Crop Practices Need to Adopt to Climate Change

Adapting to Climate Change
The Director of Weather and Market Analysis with the Canadian Wheat Board says production practices in western Canada may have to be altered as the climate changes. Weather models indicate farmers on the prairies will see longer growing seasons and more weather variability.

"Certainly there's probably some challenges due to the climate variability that we would look at a generation or two ahead," said Bruce Burnett.

"There's probably going to be some opportunities, not only from an economic point of view but also re-inventing agriculture a bit as we go forward looking a newer crops, different crops, different production practices in western Canada."

Burnett says everybody in the agriculture industry in western Canada should be looking at the potential effects and adaptation requirements related to changes in the climate.
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