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Being a Buzzkill: Threats to the Health of BC’s Bees

Cate Pedersen Without the actions of pollinators, two thirds of all flowering plants, and one third of the world’s food would disappear, but more investigation and education is needed to effectively support bee colonies and understand the complex issues that threaten bee health. Jeff Lee, owner of Honey Bee Zen …

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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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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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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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Black Vine Weevil

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. Black vine weevils, Otiorhynchus sulcatus are a very common pest of highbush blueberries. Black vine weevils are native to Europe and …

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The Latest in BC Drone Technology

UAVs as Pest Bird Deterrents By Miranda Elsby A new multidisciplinary team of drone and technology experts from gUAVas Technologies are hoping to offer a pest bird deterrence solution to BC’s blueberry growers that goes beyond what is currently provided by other UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) projects. Growers in the area are all …

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