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Pest Profile: Yellow Rust

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. Yellow rust is a plant disease caused by the fungus Phragmidium rubi-idaei. It is a very common disease affecting red raspberries …

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An Experience to Remember: Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery

Maan Farms has been part of the Abbotsford farming community for 40 years. When Kris and Devinder Maan took over from Kris’s parents when they retired, the family-run farm grew even more as the Maans, with children Preena, Gurleen, Gaurav and Amir, expanded to include opportunities for the community to …

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Crops and climate change: Keep the old but bring in the new!

Crops & Climate Change:

Keep the old, but bring in the new! By Tom Baumann I have in past issues tackled the influence of pipelines on agriculture land, the reduction of land in the most productive region in Canada, and what climate change could mean to us. This time, I am examining the potential …

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New Pests in the Fraser Valley

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Two years ago, one of our contributors wrote about the possibility that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) would find its way into Fraser Valley fields—now it’s a reality. There was some fear about the possible infestation among small fruit growers at that time, but hazelnuts …

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Abbotsford’s Agriculture Bus Tour

Each year, the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce organizes an Agriculture Bus Tour—open to anyone interested in learning more about our region’s top industry. It’s a full-day field trip and an opportunity to discover new and innovative agri-businesses in Abbotsford and network with other community members. The Agriculture Bus Tour Begins Following …

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Spicing Up BC Agriculture

Garlic in BC By Paul Pryce It has long been known that the climate throughout much of BC is conducive to growing various spices, particularly true hardneck garlic varieties. But increased production in recent years shows that BC farmers recognize that garlic has tremendous potential beyond growing it on a …

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Reducing Spray Drift

By Cate Pedersen Any spray drift means that it’s not working properly and so efficiency is the name of the game. In January of 2017, The Pacific Agriculture Show hosted a wide selection of short courses produced jointly by the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association and the British Columbia Ministry …

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Roots and Wings Distillery

Vodka Takes Roots and Flies High in Langley Ronda Payne Although the attribution of the quote is uncertain, it was a wise person indeed who said “there are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings”. Regardless of the parentage of the quote, it’s …

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BC Innovators Win with Agritech

Modern Agriculture recently chatted with Carl Anderson, CEO of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). He was excited to share the results of the first Agritech Innovation Challenge, held in Kelowna, BC in November, 2016. Several companies submitted proposals for technological solutions after hearing about identifiable problems in the agriculture sector. …

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Grown Here: It’s All in the Name

By Cate Pedersen Krystine McInnes, CEO of Grown Here Farms, founded the company based on five simple concepts: Fresh, Local, Organic, Zero-Carbon Footprint, and Flavour. “Grown Here Farms has ground crops in the Okanagan, greenhouses in the Fraser Valley, and our first micro-farms slated for northern BC in 2017,” she …

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