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Wheat and heat: Using computer models to predict crop growth

It may be winter at the moment in Australia, but researchers there are keeping their sights on all things warm with the focus of their research: how heat waves affect wheat.

Their study mixes real-world observations with computer science, creating models that demonstrate how wheat responds to heat-caused changes in the air, soil, water and […]

Summer heat safety for cattle caretakers

Hot summer temperatures arrived quite suddenly in much of the Northern Hemisphere this year, catching many off guard. Both humans and animals are just now getting used to the back-and-forth between enjoying the warmth of sunbathing, and desperately trying to keep cool.

What are the signs that cattle are feeling the heat in a bad […]

Teen creates app to prevent heat deaths on farms

With even the warmest parts of the northern hemisphere currently preparing for the chilly winter season, summer heat is not at the forefront of many minds. However, one teenaged student has been hard at work devising a way to keep people safe on farms when summer’s at its peak.

Faith Florez, a 17-year-old high school […]

The heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Time for some cow math. Angus + Brahman = Brangus.

Angus cattle, originally from Scotland, are one of the most popular breeds for beef in the world. With black or red coloring and natural lack of horns, the breed is used for crossbreeding to introduce positive traits in cows. Angus […]

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Animal Science:

Here’s why shade now pays off next spring — Beef Magazine Summer means there will be some hot days. Timing and magnitude will vary, but sure as the sun comes up […]

Beat the heat: Avoiding heat stress in livestock

Like it or not, in most of the northern hemisphere, temperatures are slowly creeping up as summertime makes its grand entrance. During this season, hot and humid weather can be dangerous for both humans and animals, especially livestock, who don’t usually have the luxury of stepping into a refreshing, air conditioned building.

What is heat […]

Keep your animals safe in the summer heat

It’s summer, and it’s hot. So hot, in fact, that some states have seen all-time record highs already this summer. My dog and I are enjoying the air conditioning at the moment, staying out of the blazing sun until the cool evening hours. Our animals, however, can’t always avoid the sweltering heat.

Hyperthermia is the […]

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Agriculture

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up – Grist The farming technique known as push-pull — which involves planting grasses with special properties to protect crops — […]