Post-Harvest

Post Harvest Care Of Highbush Blueberries

As that last Elliot berry is picked and placed in a flat, there is a palpable aura of relief around the farmer. Another blueberry season is finished— or is it? Yes, reaching the end of harvest is a major milestone, and you can give yourself a pat on the back …

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Going-Mediterranean

Going Mediterranean in Abbotsford- Organic Grown Kiwi’s

Organic-grown kiwis come from vine know-how Growing organic kiwis in a wet climate is hard enough, but when buyers doubt it can be done, getting the product to market is almost as challenging as the fruit’s cultivation. George Petkov of Petkov Kiwi Production in Abbotsford plunged headlong into this challenge …

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berries

Berry Breeding in BC: A long term investment

Michael Dosset If the quality of the product is anything less than premium, the price is going to be substantially reduced. On January 23, 2014, Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced the investment of just over $2.8 million for innovative production practices and pest management tools …

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Soil Fumigation in BC: Upcoming Challenges

Brian Johnston New regulations will apply to any applicator of a soil fumigant In 2010, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) announced the re-evaluation of soil fumigation products. Significant label changes will be imposed on registrants of soil fumigants, which therefore will have effects on producers. The changes are intended …

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Prune

How to: Prune Highbush Blueberries

How to: Prune Highbush Blueberries by: Greg Welfing How and when to prune blueberry bushes are very common questions that come up during the winter months. The answer to the ‘when’ question is the easiest. The best time to prune blueberries is when the plants are fully dormant. In the …

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Developing Diversity

Developing Diversity by: Eric Gerbrandt, Pacific Berry Resource Centre As a university-based agricultural researcher, I have the opportunity to observe the industry from the periphery, not quite as a by-stander, but with more distance than the producers themselves.  I should start by saying that I don’t believe my observations are …

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Battling an invasive alien insect: SWD Research

Battling an invasive alien insect: SWD Research by: Miranda Elsby The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), scientific name Drosophila suzukii, is the newest fly pest to British Columbia fruit growers. This aggressive fly is native to South East Asia, with reports of observation in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1980’s.  The pest …

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TankMixing

Tank Mixing Pesticides: WALES Method

Tank Mixing Pesticides: WALES Method Prior to mixing any chemicals it is recommended to perform a small scale trial either by mixing the chemicals together in a small jar or within a pail to ensure that the products are compatible. It is also recommended that prior to mixing applications of …

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Research in BC: The Cherry Fruitworm

Research in BC: The Cherry Fruitworm by: Emily Carmichael and Kristine Ferris, E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. Evaluation of commercial pheromone lures for attraction of cherry fruitworm (Grapholita packardi) in the Fraser Valley The cherry fruitworm (CFW), known scientifically as Grapholita packardi, is an occasional pest of cherries in the interior of …

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Grower pricing

Grower pricing by: Jason Smith What determines blueberry pricing in retail stores? Have you ever walked into a store, saw the price for a pound of blueberries, and thought to yourself, “Wow… I wish I was getting that much a pound for my blueberries!” I’m sure you have. How can …

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