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Crop Production

BC Seed Trials Field Day in Chilliwack

The BC Seed Trials

Shauna MacKinnon Scaling Up Ecological Seed Production British Columbia is home to a vegetable industry worth $2.8 billion annually, but nearly every seed planted to grow those veggies is produced outside of Canada. While local, organic vegetable production is on the upswing, seed production is lagging. That may not appear to be a problem when… Keep Reading

Hand Holding Potato Plant

Ask an Expert: Protecting BC Potatoes from Late Blight

Susan Smith P. Ag., Ministry of Agriculture Solanaceous crops such as potatoes and tomatoes are hosts to late blight, the most destructive disease of potatoes in British Columbia. The pathogen causing late blight, Phytophthora infestans, thrives and produces spores under humid or moist environmental conditions. It causes infection only when free water is present on… Keep Reading

Edamame Tohya

Edamame: Just Add Salt

Sue Takarangi North Americans are a recent converts to edamame, while our Chinese and Japanese neighbours across the Pacific have enjoyed this nutrient rich food for centuries. Edamame means “beans on a branch,” and unlike other soybeans they were adapted to be harvested when the seeds are green and plump – perfect for enjoying freshly… Keep Reading

Well managed pastures

Promoting Productive Pastures

Andrea Lawseth, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Ag. AEL Agroecological Consulting Pasture management is one of the main challenges for organic livestock producers throughout the province. In the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island, we struggle with wet climates and waterlogged grazing areas, while in the interior of the province the hot and arid climate poses other challenges… Keep Reading

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