“I’ve been working on improving the efficacy of sprayers since 1986,” says Kim Blagborne, Vice-President of Penticton-based Slimline Manufacturing Ltd. “In that time I’ve seen a lot of development and learned a lot about farming.” more


The Summer issue features the Berry field battle against weevils & larvae, the new Martin's Lane Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate transitioning to Organic. Get the latest on both the BCFGA and the BCWI. more



Photo by © Lyudmyla Schloss |

Berry plants are susceptible to the predations of weevils, but not all berries have the same issues with the busy creatures. These nocturnal pests can be controlled, according to entomologists Tracy Hueppelsheuser of BCAGRI more


Spider Mites

Photo by © Catherine Eckert |

Mites have a love for all kinds of berries and some of these pests are finding their way to new territories in terms of berry plants. Identification is the first step, then knowing how to best deal with the pests follows more


Spring is in the air after a long winter, but climate change issues are a huge topic covered inside this issue, as per the dramatic image on our front cover more

Publishers View

The BC Ministry of Agriculture is looking for a special type of warrior to help them deal with an invasion that threatens orchards and berry farms in the province. more


Marmorated Stink Bug

Photo by PJ Liesch, Twitter: @WiBugGuy

An invasive agricultural pest that can cause extensive damage to crops has been discovered in Kelowna, the second confirmed sighting in the Okanagan. more


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


Cherry growers thought they’d heard the worst news possible when, in the late summer, traps in West Kelowna discovered an apple maggot fly. more


This year started two weeks early and ended three weeks early - it was a scramble from the start! Growers contended with windstorms, smoke from forest fires, and excessive heat. more



Photo by © Galinasavina |

With the increased planting of day neutral strawberries, growers are facing pests that are familiar, but more persistent. more


SWD Trap

Photo Contributed

A slight sigh of relief was heard this year when berry growers had a small reprieve from the problematic Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). more


Coyotes are a highly adaptable species found throughout North and Central America. The word “coyote” is derived from the Aztec language and means “trickster.” more



Doug Ransome

Part of the appeal of being a fruit grower is spending time outdoors communing with nature. more



Melissa Cook

When two insects, such as the cranberry tipworm and the blueberry gall midge, look so alike that they can’t be distinguished visually, but are actually different insects, they are called cryptic species. more