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Toxins produced by blue-green algae can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by livestock or pets.

Algae could put dugout water safety at risk

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) water specialist has a warning about the dangers of blue-green algae. “Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” says Shawn Elgert, agricultural water engineer, Barrhead. Elgert says the first and most important step is to identify the type of growth. “Blue-green algae […] Read more

Wilf Keller

Be bold and dream big, says legendary plant scientist

The father of farmers’ biggest money-maker says crop scientists are just getting started

Wilf Keller isn’t a household name, even in farm circles, but his work has helped pay a lot of mortgages across the Prairies. The Saskatchewan native was the key player in the development of the first genetically modified, herbicide-resistant canola — the most profitable crop Canadian farmers have ever grown. Since 2012, Keller has been […] Read more