Horticulture in Canada’s north

POINTE LEBEL, Que. — When Donald Berube told the agronomist that he intended to start a commercial berry operation on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, he was advised to consider another type of enterprise for northeastern Quebec. After years of operating a nearby peat harvesting operation, he knew that his farm in […] Read more

Larger apples could boost B.C. yields

Growers say they’re pleased with overall yield, 
fruit size and colour of this year’s apple crop

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Final numbers for the British Columbia apple crop aren’t in yet, but the province’s fruit growers association is thinking big. “It looks like the size is above average so far,” said Glen Lucas, general manager of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association in Kelowna. He said the overall yield will also be above […] Read more

B.C. tree fruit growers gain pest management tool

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Okanagan tree fruit growers have been handed a new tool to help them better adjust to potential climate change effects. Growers in the Okanagan Valley will be able to access a pest management decision-making database, originally developed at Washington State University and adapted for conditions north of the border. Melissa Tesche, acting […] Read more

Passion for horticulture survives weather, disease challenges

MELFORT, Sask. — Mel Annand has been here before. In 2010, spring floods killed many trees at Creekside Orchard, which he operates with his wife, Imogene Schick. This spring, frost was the culprit. “We’ll have next to no apple crop,” Annand said in early June during an orchard tour. Obviously, fruit growers can’t reseed their […] Read more

B.C. cherry packer provides tender, loving care

B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative | Quick turn around is vital when handling and shipping a crop as perishable as cherries

KELOWNA, B.C. — The first bins of British Columbia cherries flowed into the packing houses by the end of June. Cherries are perishable and must be handled with care, receiving individual attention as each one moves through a series of conveyors. Each is checked for splits, bruises and bird damage. Cull rates vary from five […] Read more

Brown rot bites into cherry, berry yields

Control available | Chokecherry, sour cherry and saskatoon berry growers can use the same fungal applications

Losing an intensely managed crop can be disastrous in the fledgling prairie fruit industry, especially for new businesses. The latest threat is a new infection that hit sour cherries last year. “It wiped out some crops last fall,” Saskatchewan’s provincial fruit specialist said. However, Forrest Scharf had good news for producers attending the Saskatchewan Fruit […] Read more

Fruit growers seek disaster money

LONDON, Ont. — Ontario fruit growers are one step closer to receiving AgriRecovery dollars. Brian Gilroy, chair of the Ontario Apple Producers, said provincial agriculture minister Ted McMeeken has announced that an AgriRecovery assessment will be conducted. “We’re confident an AgriRecovery file is being looked at thoroughly. We know that a disaster took place,” Gilroy […] Read more

Haskap packs in the flavour for tasty recipes

Haskap, also called blue honeysuckle or honeyberry, is a recent addition to the Canadian commercial fruit production and garden scene, thanks mainly to the work done by the University of Saskatchewan fruit program. Bob Bors and his colleagues have worked to combine the best traits from haskap plants collected from across Canada, Japan and Russia. […] Read more