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William McPhee

Tree roots are important to the overall health of trees and, although proper management of irrigation and soil nutrition are extremely necessary for healthy root systems, it is also important to manage root diseases. more

Sep 26, 2013 2:07 PM Articles

Apple Powdery Mildew

William McPhee

Powdery mildew on apple trees is a problem in the Okanagan because of the ideal climatic conditions for the fungus Podosphaera leucotricha. Control of the disease is poorly understood by growers, which has resulted in a lot of frustration. more

Apr 8, 2013 3:08 PM Articles

Apple Scab Cycle

William McPhee

Apple scab, caused by the fungus Venturia inaequalis, can be a very serious problem in the Okanagan. more

Feb 6, 2013 2:24 PM Articles

Powdery Mildew

William McPhee

Powdery mildew on apple trees is a problem in the Okanagan because of the ideal climatic conditions for the fungus Podosphaera leucotricha. more

Dec 11, 2012 3:37 PM Articles

Apples

dreamstime

When you buy apples you could be contributing to grower’s problems. The reason for this is that growers are required to meet unrealistic standards to supply the perfectly “manufactured” apple demanded by the consuming public. more

Oct 19, 2012 3:13 PM Articles

replant

William McPhee

The biggest issue facing the apple industry in the Okanagan is low production. With proper management and horticultural support, our orchards are capable of producing at least 40 per cent more than they do. more

Oct 19, 2012 3:02 PM Articles

coop

William McPhee

Co-operative venture - A careful consideration Many new growers who have moved into the Okanagan and bought a farm ask for advice on how to best manage the farm they have bought. One of their first questions is: should I join the co-operative or not? more

Oct 19, 2012 2:21 PM News