From Field to Fork: Part 1

Dr. Lenore Newman Part one: Food Sovereignty, Local Food, and a Healthy Region What we eat can have a strong impact on our health, and though eating healthily requires education, personal choice, and a healthy economy, it also requires that consumers have access to the best foods being produced. In …


Future Plant Efficiency (to feed 9.6 billion people)

Eric Gerbrandt, Pacific Berry Resource Centre, UFV Improving plant genetic efficiency is one of the key human innovations used to increase crop yields The mainstream media loves a provocative story. Why? Because fear-mongering, false controversy and sensationalist hype are effective sales strategies. As a reader, it can be difficult to differentiate …


Biochar: Another tool in the toolbox

Chantal Lavoi Alternative Growing Media In Greenhouses Producers of all kinds have developed agronomic “tool boxes” that change the way they do business. This hypothetical group of instruments includes, but is not limited to, new crop varieties, pesticides, biological controls, and “best practices” that have changed the way we produce …


The Silver Scurf

Silver scurf is a major concern for potato growers in the Lower Mainland The fungus infects potatoes before harvest, and once they are harvested and stored, it causes silver lesions on the skin of the tuber, reducing quality and weight. The BC Potato and Vegetable Growers and E.S. Cropconsult have …


Quality potatoes require early damage control

Kiara Jack The economic loss from  damaged tubers can be very high. Protecting tubers against damage is a challenge for all potato growers. A damaged tuber can not only become diseased, but it can also spread disease to other tubers, even in cold storage, and that can make an entire harvest …


Never too early to protect against late blight

Susan Smith & Siva Sabaratnam As members of the nightshade or solanaceous family, potato and tomato plants are susceptible to one of the most destructive plant diseases, late blight.  This pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) thrives and produces spores under humid or moist conditions, but causes infection only when free water is …


Agriculture Around the World

Agriculture Around the World What’s the state of agriculture away from our beautiful home of British Columbia? While China and India seem to be flourishing, other regions, such as the Mediterranean and conflict-ridden Ukraine, have seen better days. Let’s summarize some of the most important aspects of agriculture in some …


Plant Biotechnology: Part 2

Plant Biotechnology – In vitro Propagation and Genetic Transformation of Plants (Part 2) The main purpose of Modern Agriculture’s Plant Biotechnology series is to explain and elaborate on… well… exactly what genetic engineering is and how it is accomplished. The first part of the series was meant to get our …


Famous People in Agriculture

This week, we’re bringing you the famous farmers series. Though these select few are definitely famous, they may not have (actually, they definitely haven’t) brought as much change and progress to the field of agriculture as people such as Norman Borlaug, George Washington Carver, and Fritz Haber, although some of …


Plant Biotechnology: Part 1

Plant Biotechnology – Preparation of Plant Rooting and Regeneration Media (Part 1) The main purpose of Modern Agriculture’s Plant Biotechnology series is to explain and elaborate on… well… exactly what genetic engineering is and how it is accomplished. We’ll be explaining how to propagate peppermint plants using plant hormone regulators …