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Using Fungi to Kill Weeds

Lana Harach Herbicides. Pesticides. These words have negative connotations, and often when the general public hears them, the first, if not only thought that comes to mind is chemicals—man-made and terrible for the environment. We hear of stories where the chemicals that manage farm crops end up in streams and …

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New Pests in the Fraser Valley

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Two years ago, one of our contributors wrote about the possibility that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) would find its way into Fraser Valley fields—now it’s a reality. There was some fear about the possible infestation among small fruit growers at that time, but hazelnuts …

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Pest Control in Medical Marijuana

By Cody Cruise Luckily, there are only a few important pests that medical marijuana growers face, but they’re tough ones: powdery mildew (PM) and spider mites. To a lesser extent, there are also fungus gnats, thrips and root diseases (Phytophthora, Pythium). In this article I will touch only on PM …

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Pest Profile: Voles

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. Vole Biology There are multiple species of voles, also known as field mice, present in the Fraser Valley. The most common …

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Agriculture Safari into the Fraser Valley

Cate Pedersen, Editor, Modern Agriculture Magazine Much of my time is spent in the office working on the stories we feature in Modern Agriculture Magazine, and it is a real treat when I get to visit the farms and farmers in their native habitat. I recently got to spend a …

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Fly-Management

Fly Management on the Farm – Know your Enemy!

In order to effectively manage and control fly pests, it is important to understand the breeding habits and life cycles of the key fly pest species. With this knowledge, you can create a specific “pest fly management” strategy. Adults are attracted to practically all types of organic matter, especially animal …

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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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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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