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What Happens When Farming Goes High-Tech?

An amazing infographic short film by National Geographic. Soil maps, GPS guidance, and even drones are becoming critical tools for modern farmers. These methods of precision agriculture can help increase yields and efficiency—and save farmers a surprising sum along the way.

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To cage or not to cage?

Ronda Payne Issues surrounding laying chicken environments Comfortable chickens are productive chickens, as every egg producer knows, but environments must be balanced with efficiencies, profits and resources. And just what is the ideal environment for a laying hen? In the absence of poultry mind reading, discussions over caged and free-run …

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From Field to Fork: Part 1

Dr. Lenore Newman Part one: Food Sovereignty, Local Food, and a Healthy Region What we eat can have a strong impact on our health, and though eating healthily requires education, personal choice, and a healthy economy, it also requires that consumers have access to the best foods being produced. In …

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Future Plant Efficiency (to feed 9.6 billion people)

Eric Gerbrandt, Pacific Berry Resource Centre, UFV Improving plant genetic efficiency is one of the key human innovations used to increase crop yields The mainstream media loves a provocative story. Why? Because fear-mongering, false controversy and sensationalist hype are effective sales strategies. As a reader, it can be difficult to differentiate …

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Biochar: Another tool in the toolbox

Chantal Lavoi Alternative Growing Media In Greenhouses Producers of all kinds have developed agronomic “tool boxes” that change the way they do business. This hypothetical group of instruments includes, but is not limited to, new crop varieties, pesticides, biological controls, and “best practices” that have changed the way we produce …

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The Silver Scurf

Silver scurf is a major concern for potato growers in the Lower Mainland The fungus infects potatoes before harvest, and once they are harvested and stored, it causes silver lesions on the skin of the tuber, reducing quality and weight. The BC Potato and Vegetable Growers and E.S. Cropconsult have …

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POTATOES

Quality potatoes require early damage control

Kiara Jack The economic loss from  damaged tubers can be very high. Protecting tubers against damage is a challenge for all potato growers. A damaged tuber can not only become diseased, but it can also spread disease to other tubers, even in cold storage, and that can make an entire harvest …

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Never too early to protect against late blight

Susan Smith & Siva Sabaratnam As members of the nightshade or solanaceous family, potato and tomato plants are susceptible to one of the most destructive plant diseases, late blight.  This pathogen (Phytophthora infestans) thrives and produces spores under humid or moist conditions, but causes infection only when free water is …

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