The Berry Battle for Land (3)

The Berry Battle for Land

By Ronda Payne The Lower Mainland and Central Fraser Valley of BC have long been the hotbeds of berry growing; but, changing markets, land prices and new varieties have played a major role in changes to berry acreages. Understanding the past trends and hopes for the future help growers better …

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Anyone up for Okra?

Seeds and guidance available from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre By Ronda Payne Last year Modern Agriculture told you about a study being done by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre on okra – the viability and demand. The centre is now inviting B.C. growers to try the crop out as …

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New Age of Farming- recruiting insects as biocontrol agents (2)

New Age of Farming: recruiting insects as biocontrol agents

By Joseph D. Levitsky Controlling pests protected within the confines of the soil has always proven to be a difficult challenge faced by farmers. These pests, unchallenged, grow in numbers year after year, damaging large portions of crops beyond the point of saleability or profitability. Currently, the popular solution is …

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Laurica Farm: Escape from Suburbia

There’s No Business Like Farm Business By Cathy Finley, Laurica Farm, Langley BC What happens when a young family gets sick of suburbia and starts to feels disenchanted with the food industry? Well, they start to restructure their lives to be closer to nature, and be a part of that …

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Microbiology and Modern Agriculture-Soil Management (2)

Microbiology and Modern Agriculture

Soil Management By Dale Overton The world of modern agriculture is as tech driven as the Internet. Software programs that run our lives can also help to precisely place fertilizer in a growing row crop. As technology moves agriculture in new directions with precision application equipment (GPS driven) and drones …

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Scrapple

A recipe for using the “gross” bits by Cathy Finley of Laurica Farm Organ meat is the most nutritious part of the animal but not always appetizing in our modern diet. But when you purchase a whole animal, you have to be creative and use every part to get the …

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The Cheese Doesn't Stand Alone

The Cheese Doesn’t Stand Alone

By Ronda Payne Farm-gate cheese shops are growing in popularity due to local food movements and a dedication to great taste. Cheese is a favourite item for snacking, as part of a plowman’s lunch and as an ingredient in many hot and cold dishes. While the love of cheese remains …

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Pest Control in Medical Marijuana

By Cody Cruise Luckily, there are only a few important pests that medical marijuana growers face, but they’re tough ones: powdery mildew (PM) and spider mites. To a lesser extent, there are also fungus gnats, thrips and root diseases (Phytophthora, Pythium). In this article I will touch only on PM …

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The Beauty of Sedum

Green Roofs & Food for Bees By Cate Pedersen Jake De Bruin, owner of BNC Ornamentals in the Lower Mainland, was certified as a landscaper in Holland. He learned about horticulture from a young age watching his family work in nurseries growing crops like tomatoes and peppers. “It always stays …

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Hydrotherapy for Cows

By Cate Pedersen Dr. Lisa McCrea, bovine specialist and partner at Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. in Abbotsford, BC, spends most days traveling to the farms she services throughout the Lower Mainland. Agwest’s three dairy experts cover Delta to Chilliwack, as well as farms in Mission and Maple Ridge. McCrea might …

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