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SNOW, HAIL, WIND & WATER: We call that winter in BC!

Tom Baumann It seems like just yesterday that I commented on the 2016-2017 winter—a tough one that didn’t want to quit. The winter of 2017-2018 turned out to be quite similar. Maybe the bears are smarter than us after all—they just go and hibernate. Preferably, I’d like to go somewhere …

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The Highs and Lows of Tunnels

Earlier this year, Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate at Pennsylvania State University, spoke at the Pacific Agriculture Show about the pros and cons of growing under plastic tunnels, the differences between high and low tunnels, and production results for tunnel-grown berries. Demchak shared information and compared data on high and …

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Tips to Ensuring Crop Success

Jason Smith When growing any horticultural crop there are many things that can contribute to its success such as water source and quality, types of equipment, nutrition, integrated pest management and planting stock. Starting off with good quality planting stock is very important; but, more importantly, the health of the …

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INFUSION OF YOUNG AGRICULTURAL BLOOD

Tom Baumann Many complain that the younger generation isn’t going to come forward to run our agriculture operations, either as owners, operators, or as employees and interns, etc. And while I’ve been a member on various committees over the past 35 years, it’s true that grey-haired guys have been the …

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Smoking Hot Season of 2017

Tom Baumann The 2017 Fraser Valley growing season started quite late; there was snow on the ground in patches through April and it didn’t get very warm at all. Then it started to rain and didn’t stop well into June. Along came the start of summer on June 21st and, …

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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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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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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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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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