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Agriculture’s 5 Greatest Heroes

Agriculture, arguably the most important industry in the world, didn’t get to where it is today by luck. Below you’ll read about the achievements of some of the greatest minds in farming and their myriad achievements. Though in no particular order, each of these greats have added something remarkable to …

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A Different Perspective: Compact Articulated Wheel Loaders

Compact Articulated Wheel Loaders by: Aapo Skogster Farm tractors and skid steers are popular, readily available and relatively inexpensive machines.  However, these reasons alone may not make them the most effective or profitable machine for every job on the farm. Compact Articulated Wheel Loaders (CAWL) are proving more efficient than …

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How to: Prune Highbush Blueberries

How to: Prune Highbush Blueberries by: Greg Welfing How and when to prune blueberry bushes are very common questions that come up during the winter months. The answer to the ‘when’ question is the easiest. The best time to prune blueberries is when the plants are fully dormant. In the …

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Developing Diversity

Developing Diversity by: Eric Gerbrandt, Pacific Berry Resource Centre As a university-based agricultural researcher, I have the opportunity to observe the industry from the periphery, not quite as a by-stander, but with more distance than the producers themselves.  I should start by saying that I don’t believe my observations are …

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Battling an invasive alien insect: SWD Research

Battling an invasive alien insect: SWD Research by: Miranda Elsby The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), scientific name Drosophila suzukii, is the newest fly pest to British Columbia fruit growers. This aggressive fly is native to South East Asia, with reports of observation in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1980’s.  The pest …

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Tank Mixing Pesticides: WALES Method

Tank Mixing Pesticides: WALES Method Prior to mixing any chemicals it is recommended to perform a small scale trial either by mixing the chemicals together in a small jar or within a pail to ensure that the products are compatible. It is also recommended that prior to mixing applications of …

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Research in BC: The Cherry Fruitworm

Research in BC: The Cherry Fruitworm by: Emily Carmichael and Kristine Ferris, E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. Evaluation of commercial pheromone lures for attraction of cherry fruitworm (Grapholita packardi) in the Fraser Valley The cherry fruitworm (CFW), known scientifically as Grapholita packardi, is an occasional pest of cherries in the interior of …

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Grower pricing

Grower pricing by: Jason Smith What determines blueberry pricing in retail stores? Have you ever walked into a store, saw the price for a pound of blueberries, and thought to yourself, “Wow… I wish I was getting that much a pound for my blueberries!” I’m sure you have. How can …

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Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic Digesters by: Kaitlyn Gisler British Columbia farmers are using their livestock manure and off-farm organic wastes (like your lawn clippings) to produce renewable, clean energy for everyone’s use. This may sound like the idiom ‘making silk out of a sow’s ear,’ and although it’s pretty close, it isn’t the …

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A case to point: Needle-free injection systems

Needle-free injection systems by: Kaitlyn Gisler The farmyard and veterinarian’s office will be getting a friendly face-lift for anyone who has a fear of needles. Needle-free (NF) devices, a technology that sounds more futuristic than it actually is, has slowly been infiltrating the Canadian livestock sector. It has been used …

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