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Dhaliwal Farms Innovative Ideas + Family Support = Success

It can take years to hone the knowledge and diverse skills that make a good farmer, and young farmers today face many additional challenges including the significant cost of land to even get started.



From the time it is a seedling, how a tree’s roots form and grow are an important indication of future health and production. more

Oct 1, 2016 1:25 AM Fruit

What could possibly be worse than anticipating a fantastic crop, only to witness it being wiped out by a disease-causing pathogen? Picking that bumper crop, preparing it for shipping and finding out it’s infected as it arrives overseas. more

Oct 1, 2016 1:20 AM Fruit

Biodegradable mulches are being explored for both strawberry and raspberry fields. Researchers and growers hope this new era of mulches can improve plant results and reduce plastics in landfills. more

Jul 7, 2016 3:20 PM Fruit

One of the impacts of climate change and warmer average temperatures is the increasing number of areas suitable for production of sweet cherries occurring in the BC Interior and north Okanagan. more

Jul 7, 2016 3:13 PM Fruit

Spraying pesticides is a regular part of business for most growers, but ensuring the greatest efficacy and value comes with the challenge of balancing application methods with coverage. Dale Ziprick of United Agri Products Canada presented findings more

Jul 7, 2016 3:08 PM Fruit

Verticillium wilt

Photo by Brian Perchtel,

Armed with a list of 13 crown and root diseases in strawberries, Siva Sabaratnam of the Ministry of Agriculture took the stage at the 2016 Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford to discuss options for management of some of the most likely suspects. more

Jun 9, 2016 2:34 PM Fruit

Fraser Valley Cider sign

Photo by Murza Keech

Delicious, sweet apples grow beautifully in the Okanagan, but a few hours’ drive to the west in the Lower Mainland? more

Jun 9, 2016 2:08 PM Fruit



Significant announcements, including the creation of a new entity and an increase to grower levies, were made at the March 2016 annual general meeting of the Raspberry Industry Development Council and BC Raspberry Growers Association. more

Jun 9, 2016 11:19 AM Fruit

Building on the success of the original Broken Ladder apple blend, launched last spring, BC Tree Fruits Cider Co., a division of BC Tree Fruits, has created two new ciders; Pears and Apples & Hops. more

Jun 9, 2016 10:51 AM Fruit

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been harassing Lower Mainland berry growers for five years. more

Feb 16, 2016 1:53 PM Fruit

Persistent. That’s the word to describe Armillaria. Armillaria is the genus name of a group of mushroom-forming fungi, some of which are definitely bad news for blueberry growers. more

Feb 16, 2016 1:43 PM Fruit

Fruit - 2015 A Year in Review

Extreme Weather

The weather played out like an epic novel, but were there heroes in this tale. Regardless of the kind of fruit a grower was involved with in 2015, the biggest story was the weather. Sure, weather is something producers always talk about, but when May and June produced record lows in rainfall, it’s really the only story and one that ranges from being a best-selling memoir to a hack’s poorly written thriller.

The 2015 Wine Report

Hugging Tree Winery

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Farming is a cycle of growth, maturation, harvest, and preparation for the next season. Add in the making and selling a product like wine, and things can get complicated. A year in wine production is a seesaw of highs and lows, leading from one to another with natural momentum. When looking back upon a year, it’s helpful to remember we’re peering through a small window and into a vast room.

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