Phosphorus

Phosphorus in Soil and Plants: A Primer

Over 80 per cent of the world’s production of phosphorus (P) is devoted to plant fertilization. Within the next 50 to 100 years, global phosphate resources are predicted to be depleted. Paradoxically, although phosphorus fertilizer is expensive, and although there is only a finite limit to available phosphate rock worldwide, …

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Pest-Control

Pest Control: Biological vs. Chemical

Resistance is inevitable! There are some considerations to take into account when choosing which pest control method(s) to use. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) has been in practice for many years and uses an integrated approach to pest control. Growers use a variety of methods to reduce pest populations to or …

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fertigation

Using Fertigation vs. Granular Fertilizer

words: Greg Welfing The practice of fertilizing plants through an irrigation system (fertigation) is becoming increasingly popular in Fraser Valley blueberry fields. I constantly get asked if it is better to apply fertilizer to blueberries through fertigation or with the standard practice of granular applications. There are some serious advantages …

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Tim Haye

European Research Partnership Benefits Canadian Farmers

words: Miranda Elsby photos: Tim Haye CABI is a not-for-profit organization set up by the United Nations treaty, with over 100 years of operation and nearly 50 membership countries, including Canada. Throughout its existence, CABI’s mission has been to improve people’s lives worldwide through the transfer of information and scientific …

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Energy Pipelines and Agriculture: How much do we stand to lose/gain?

words: Tom Baumann Certainly, the energy debate is heating up with Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and others proposing all sorts of new pipelines. And I don’t care which side of the debate about the energy pipelines you sit on—whether oil, bitumen, natural gas or god knows what else. Every single one …

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Big-Ag-Small

Big Agriculture In a Small Scale: The Growth of the Organic Sector

Kate Petrusa photo credit Sheila Poznikoff Pitchfork Organic Farm is a small-scale, certified organic farm, nestled in the furthest reaches of West Abbotsford. Amid a sea of blueberry fields, silage corn and dairies, and chicken barns, it is an unusual blip on the agricultural landscape. On only four acres, Jeremy …

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Nutraceuticals

Nature’s Course: Nutraceuticals let food be the medicine

by: Hyder A. Khoja, Ph.D., M.Sc., P.Ag. Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed the explosive growth of a multibillion-dollar nutraceutical industry. Nutraceuticals, a term combining the words nutrition and pharmaceutical, are foods or food products that provide health and medical benefits. Nutraceutical-rich vegetables and fruits are not only …

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compost

How to: Get the most out of compost

Dieter Geesing A composting operation can contribute significantly to the bottom line of a farming business, especially when it incorporates and processes off-farm residential or commercial waste. However, selling compost should not be seen as a way to generate quick and easy income—it’s a major undertaking that requires the same commitment …

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Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 2)

Jagmeet Khabra Beginning of Agriculture and Domestication People started domesticating plants and animals roughly 10,000 years ago as an attempt to sustain the fast growing population. Domestication is the process by which human beings adapt wild plants and animals for their own use. A plant or animal is domesticated when …

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Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 1)

Jagmeet Khabra Introduction Historians and scholars have long been asking themselves whether or not Europe won the agricultural revolution and if so, how and why that happened. Before answering that question, though, it is important to explore why Europe became so much more advanced than South America. In the late …

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