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Bees & Berries

How Pollination Affects Your Blueberry Yield Greg Welfing Few topics these days are garnering as much discussion in the agricultural and biological research sectors as the worldwide shortage of bees. Honey bees pollinate approximately one third of the world’s food and pump at least $15 billion each year into the …

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Raptors: Flying Friends of Farmers

Ronda Payne Right after the faithful canine that romps through the fields and warns of danger, raptors are a farmer’s best friend. There’s no bond between farmer and flyer similar to the affection between man and dog, and it’s rare to give a barn owl or hawk a pat of …

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LELY Vector Robotic Feeding System

Improving Feed Efficiency with Flexible Fresh Feeding Whether it is to increase production, reduce labour costs or streamline operations, more farms are relying on advanced technologies to improve systems. The upfront costs might be steep, but the gains will most certainly ease the path ahead. One of the most well-known …

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Lecanium Scale in Highbush Blueberry

Pest Profile By Greg Welfing Pest Profile is a recurring feature in this magazine. Periodically we pick an agricultural pest to feature and learn more about its biology and control methods. Biology Lecanium scales are a group of closely related scale insects. There are multiple species present in Fraser Valley …

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LED Bulbs in Poultry Barns

LED bulbs will pay for themselves in energy savings alone in a year or less. As a general rule, the poultry industry is pretty conservative, and it has taken a while for the industry to become comfortable with LED (light emitting diode) bulb technology. However, there is enough data available …

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Use of Agriculture Land – A reserve for what?

Tom Baumann Agriculture land is running short globally. Those who produce food on good land with a high quality water supply will be in control of global food supplies in the not-so-distant future. Already some countries—having run out of their own productive land or facing a water crisis or contaminations …

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Bioenterprise Opens BC Office

Bioenterprise Corporation Announces Expansion into British Columbia Bioenterprise partners with BCIC to open its fifth national office, in Vancouver, BC. Abbotsford, BC – (February 26, 2016) – Bioenterprise Corporation, the leading agritechnology business accelerator in Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of Bioenterprise British Columbia. Bioenterprise has established a …

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The Cage Debate:

Changes expected for egg layers Cate Pedersen When you’re shopping for eggs, what do you reach for first? Regular eggs from chickens raised in cages? Or free range, from poultry allowed to roam outdoors once in a while and do what hens do naturally: roost, scratch, perch, and mingle with …

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Agriculture Technology Companies Gain New Partner

Cate Pedersen The technopreneurs, ag-industry advocates and government representatives were out in full force Friday, February 26, 2016 to welcome Bioenterprise BC as a new business accelerator offering commercialization services to help promote the creation and growth of BC businesses engaged in agriculture technology. Timothy Kendrick, president of BW Global Structures Inc., …

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On the Yeast Trail: Genomic Research in Vineyards

Most people appreciate a glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion, accompany a meal or just sip and savour. What they might not appreciate is the importance of one particular ingredient in the wine fermentation process, and that without it they would be left with grape juice in their …

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