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Beyond Beer and Wine

By Ronda Payne Consumers love their beer and wine, but there is a growing opportunity for locally-crafted beverages outside the expected categories. Over the years I’ve become a bit of a wine snob, learning what I do and don’t like; but, every so often, there’s a place for something different. …

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Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries

Protecting BC’s Cultivars: Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries from Genome BC BC’s interior tree fruit industry generates $130 million in wholesale revenue, contributes $900 million in economic activity, and directly employs 1,500 people annually. Ninety-five percent of the cherries grown in Canada grow in BC and it is estimated that …

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Goji Berries Spark Niche Market for the Fraser Valley

By: Jen Muranetz For more than 25 years, Peter Breederland has been a pepper farmer, growing yellow, orange and red sweet peppers on his Aldergrove family farm. “BC [has] such a good growing climate for peppers,” he boasts. You could say Breederland has pepper farming down to a science. So …

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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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Lecanium Scale on Highbush Blueberry Plant

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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Blueberries to China:

BC Berries Take on New Roles and Regions Ronda Payne here’s something about big, luscious blueberries from British Columbia. While locals have always known BC berries are the best, people around the world are beginning to get the message and it’s leading to a lot of demand. June 2015 marked …

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Pest Profile: Blueberry Gall Midge

The blueberry gall midge [(Dasineura oxycoccana (Johnson)] is a relatively misunderstood pest of highbush blueberries. The pest is not new to the Fraser Valley, but its prevalence has increased in the past few years, likely due in part to the rapid expansion of planted acreage. In the past, many thought …

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What the Haskap?

“Have you ever heard of Haskap?” That was the question posed to Axel and I five years ago while we were researching thornless blackberries as a crop that we could potentially grow on our farm in Salmon Arm, BC. Our response was the same one we now get from people …

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BC Blueberry Council Celebrating 25 years!!

Reaching a milestone year is an accomplishment well worth celebrating, and this year The BC Blueberry Council is excited to announce reaching one of ours, 25 years and counting! The council is inviting growers, producers, packers, government officials, suppliers, organizations and businesses to come and join us for our 25th …

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Haskap Berry Seminar – Register Now

Want to learn more about this new super fruit? Interested in growing this fruit commercially? Register now for the Haskap Berry Seminar happening in Salmon Arm on March 14th. Please call 250-833-0608 or email: bsc@saeds.ca for more information  

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