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Absence w
Up Front
By Bryden Winsby
t make everyone fonder
nother year, another session of
the “orchardists’ parliament”—
four-year program for
scientific agricultural
a topic that’s been atop most minds
Association convention, or annual
a.k.a. the B.C. Fruit Growers' research.
lately — the recession. How deep it’s
going to get is anyone’s guess, but
general meeting, whichever you
we’ve got the thoughts of Desmond
and other annoyances
Management of pests
is approached in
O’Rourke, who guesswork is probably
as good as anyone’s, and there’s also
in Penticton wasn’t among the more
January’s gathering at the Lakeside articles on the the situation facing cherry growers,
memorable, certainly not in terms of
continuing effort to who may be looking at an excellent
spirited debate over a lengthy list of
reduce the starling crop this year, but a serious sales
contentious items. No packed
population, and get a challenge.
meetings, no riveting speeches,
although things ran smoothly and
regulations for open burning of plant
better handle on new
grape harvest, whose prospects are
Also excellent was the latest icewine
some important matters were
waste. detailed in Between The Vines, where
addressed. The usual keynote speech
you will also find the latest on what
from the provincial agriculture
department we have the scoop on the
From the better-late-than-never
has transpired since the Covert family
minister took an unfortunate turn
latest winners of the BCFGA’s unveiled plans several years ago for a
with the death of Stan Hagen. His
horticultural awards, which, as noted, vineyard village on their well-known
successor, Ron Cantelon, managed to
were to have been presented at the South Okanagan farm. We also profile
fill in despite being nowhere near up
annual hort forum last fall, but got Manfred Freese, president of the B.C.
to speed on what the portfolio entails,
postponed because of another Grapegrowers’ Association, and Gary
especially insofar as the fruit industry
annoyance, the closure of Highway 97 Strachan talks about how fungus can
is concerned.
because of a rock slippage above the
widening project near Summerland.
be your friend. Well,
part was sparse, and that seemed to
Attendance at the AGM for the most Enjoy.
be especially so by board members of
column, Associate Editor Peter
In his Orchard Management
the new Okanagan Tree Fruit
Waterman describes how vigilant
Cooperative and reps from B.C. Tree
evaluation of new apple varieties by
Fruits. Much has been made of the
various stakeholders goes a long way
industry’s strategy to streamline and
toward determining their success.
be more unified, but it seems a mite
On the marketing side, we touch on
peculiar that so few from the packing
operations and marketing side were
on hand to participate in the meeting
or even listen to growers’ concerns. irrigation & farm supplies
Orchard, vineyard,
two-bits’ worth. As for the nuts and
There, you have our unsolicited
bolts of the BCFGA meeting, this issue
• Post, fencing and trellis
doesn’t have ’em all, but there’s a
system supplies
significant amount of space devoted to
• Soil sample and fertilizer
what went on.
Associate Editor Judie Steeves delves
Before you get there, though,
• Pruning products
into a subject that has been given a lot
• Crop management products
of attention in these pages over the
• Adcon weather systems
years, and will continue to receive it:
water. It’s a commodity whose use
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Other matters to receive an update
PWP posts now domed!
effort and its relationship to a new
British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2009
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