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IN THIS ISSUE Summer 2011


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Abbotsford grower Dave Mutz and his family produce a variety of berries, and in recent years have found the fresh market to be their best target. See page 6.


Judie Steeves photo British Columbia Berry Grower • Summer 2011 3 4


MINDING YOUR BUSINESS 20 FARM SAFETY PRUNINGS


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features 8


FACING THE CHALLENGE


Debbie Etsell, executive director of the BC Blueberry Council, explains why sharper marketing edge will be needed as world production of blues continues to rise.


NEMATODE NEMESIS


Work by Dr. Tom Forge and fellow PARC scientists is aimed at finding out how parasite causes problems with blueberry roots.


UNFRIENDLY GIANT


Although hogweed looks impressive, weed expert Jeanne Hughes warns that it can cause a number of serious problems for farmers and the general public.


GERMS AND PLANTS


Pathologist Wenbo Ma has done some leading-edge research into how bacteria infect plants, and what they do to defend themselves.


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