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Pest Management

Footnotes from the Field: Mother Earth is Heating Up

BC Crop Adaptation & Diversification in Climate Change Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag I have stood on my back porch trying to imagine what a three kilometer high Cordilleran Ice sheet would have looked like here 12,000 years before the last big melt. It is estimated that people arrived in BC’s virgin landscape only… Keep Reading

GM Updates: Pulling Solutions out of Thin Air

The Dangers of Investing in the Promise of the Techno-Fix Lucy Sharratt For 20 years, the world’s biggest seed and pesticide companies have profited from selling genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) seeds that are tied to their brand name herbicide formulations. In fact, almost 100% of the GM crops now grown in Canada… Keep Reading

Certified organic apples

40 Years of Thinking Like an Insect

Bob McCoubrey Gary Judd is passionate about his work. As a researcher in tree fruit entomology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station, he works hard at balancing his passion for doing the research with his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with growers—particularly organic growers, many of whom he has come to regard as good friends.… Keep Reading

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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

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