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Ecoation Signals a New Age of Agriculture

Dr. Saber Miresmailli is the Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation), located in North Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miresmailli’s patent-pending technology predicts crop health before signs of pests, disease or deficiencies are visible to growers. Plants change their appearance throughout the day and give off physiological signals that …

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Pest Profile: Yellow Rust

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. Yellow rust is a plant disease caused by the fungus Phragmidium rubi-idaei. It is a very common disease affecting red raspberries …

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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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Black Vine Weevil

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. Black vine weevils, Otiorhynchus sulcatus are a very common pest of highbush blueberries. Black vine weevils are native to Europe and …

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Thermotherapy of the Varroa Mite

Hive Uses Sun to Destroy Parasite By Dr. Roman Linhart, Heřmanův Městec, Czech Republic It has been known for several decades that the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is very sensitive to increased temperatures. At temperatures just a few degrees higher than the optimum, the mite is no longer able to …

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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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Raptors: Flying Friends of Farmers

Ronda Payne Right after the faithful canine that romps through the fields and warns of danger, raptors are a farmer’s best friend. There’s no bond between farmer and flyer similar to the affection between man and dog, and it’s rare to give a barn owl or hawk a pat of …

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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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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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