In today’s Ag News Roundup, fire weather may increase this fall, USDA helps with food supply chain, new study to research climate impact on wheat, why public lands may not be main source of wildfires affecting communities, and beekeepers using GPS devices to track hives and deter thieves.
Models Show Extreme Fire Weather Increased 40%
A study led by Oregon State University shows that wildfire danger in the West has increased 40%. The computer models covering 2017 and 2018 show that changes in climate may be factors.
$215 Million Committed to Food Supply Chain
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the USDA will make $215 million available in grants and other support to help strengthen America’s food supply chain. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approves of the efforts.
Study to Research Climate Impact on Wheat
A $15 million research project will be looking at the impact of changes in the climate on wheat production and distribution. The project received funding from the USDA.
Public Lands May Not be Main Source of Wildfires Affecting Communities
Oregon State University research has found that wildfires affecting communities are more likely to be caused by people on private property than inside national forests. The study examined 22,000 fires.
Understanding Short- and Long-Day Plants
Oregon State University Extension Service has shared information about plant flowering and photoperiodism, also known as the amount of light or darkness a plant gets. In the article, experts explain how critical uninterrupted darkness can be for the formation of flowers.