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Daubeny died at the age of 83. His career in the research branch of Agriculture Canada spanned nearly 40 years, first in Agassiz and later in Vancouver and Abbotsford. Recipient of numerous honors and awards, Daubeny is survived by his wife Marian; children Peter, Jennifer and Carolyn; grandchildren Alex and Eric and cat Luna. As his obituary in the Province newspaper noted: “He is also survived by his berries, most notably the Totem strawberry and the Tulameen raspberry, which has become the standard for quality in raspberry production throughout the world.” A graduate of UBC, Daubeny earned his PhD from Cornell University. His career focus was on improving the genetic base of cultivated strawberries and raspberries by utilizing indigenous species. Daubeny enjoyed running (including several marathons) and hiking (Himalayan treks) in his younger years and gardening, books, movies and the theatre throughout his life... The B.C. cranberry crop was down last year from the 2013 crop, with an estimated 850,000 barrels of cranberries harvested. The bulk of the B.C. crop, which was delivered by member growers to receiving stations operated by Ocean Spray in Richmond and Langley will be used to make Craisins, a product in high demand among consumers,says Ocean Spray’s Brian Mauza. The rest will be processed into various juice combinations which have also become very popular with consumers...


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There have been no disease problems for cranberry growers to contend with, although a lot of them had to deal with a winter frost problem. North American production of cranberries overall is in a surplus position, with Wisconsin the prime producing state in the U.S. And surprisingly, says Mauza, Quebec has now become a major producer of cranberries in Canada. “They have been planting new fields over several summers and have now become a major producer in Eastern Canada.” Most of the Quebec berries are being sold by independent marketers in


British Columbia Berry Grower • Spring 2015 19


he berry industry lost one of its most accomplished scientists on Jan. 2 when Hugh


Eastern Canada and the U.S. Back in B.C., growers are already readying their bogs for the 2015 crop year. About 90 per cent of the province’s cranberry crop is produced by grower- members of Ocean Spray, the marketing arm for the cranberry industry... The B.C. Blueberry Council will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 9. A gala celebration with special guests is being organized to be held in the Royal King Palace in Surrey starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $30 each and are available by phoning the BCBC office at 604-864-2117 Monday through Friday...


The wild blueberry industry in Nova Scotia had a banner year in 2014, according to Peter Rideout, executive director of the province’s producer association. The crop of about 62 million pounds is a 50 per cent increase over 2013, and a record for the industry, Rideout said in mid-January. Wild blueberry production was also up substantially in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island last year, while Quebec and Maine producers had average harvests. The 50 per cent increase in Nova Scotia production meant some hectic times among producers and processors, with a race against the weather. “Since the crops were so healthy, there were occasions when harvesting was underway through the night,”


Rideout said. “The berries must be frozen within 24 hours, so the factories were running at full capacity 24-7.” Customers in the United States, Europe and Asia gobbled up just about all the frozen wild blueberries the region could produce. A small percentage of the Nova Scotia wild blueberry crop is sold fresh locally. Rideout said sales of fresh product account for less than five per cent of total production... Meanwhile, in Australia, booming consumer demand for blueberries is underwriting solid prices that have combined with improved growing techniques and new varieties to fuel huge growth in production Down Under. The value of the New South Wales blueberry crop has increased fourfold during the past six years to be more than AUS$100 million and, judging by expansion plans across the main growing region, the North Coast, that growth is likely to continue. Hot on the heels are raspberries, with national production rising from less than 500 tonnes a year in 2004 to in excess of 3,000 tonnes in 2014. Australian Blueberry Growers Association industry development officer Phillip Wilk said the NSW area under production had more than doubled since 2007 to 1100 hectares with many former banana growers on the mid-North Coast switching to berries and greenhouse vegetable production...


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