Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds — News : NPR

Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals’ retinas.(Image credit: Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

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Southern Alberta crops suffer as farmers contend with driest soil in 50 years – CBC News

by Sarah Rieger

a large green field: Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.
Enter a cap© Grasslands Project Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.


“Southern Alberta farmers will be praying for thunderstorms to get their crops through this dry season, as they contend with a serious moisture deficit that stems back to last summer.

“There just isn’t that soil moisture to carry the crops, ideally, through until that next rainfall event,” said Ralph Wright, head of agro-meteorological applications and modelling with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.” 

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