Spicing up BC Agriculture (2)

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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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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