search.noResults

search.searching

note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
Sometimes the host and the


environment are there, but without the right timing and other conditions, the pest might not appear. She admits that sometimes a plant health issue with a new variety will stump her, but she can usually diagnose the common issues with the familiar varieties of different crops grown now in B.C. She advises growers who see an issue on a plant to first go to the website:


http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content /industry/agriculture-


seafood/animals-and-crops/plant- health/plant-health-laboratory where fact sheets can help narrow down the issue and there is information on what details she will need to help out growers. “We need to know the history of what the farmer has done on that farm too,” she explains. And, it’s important she receives a good sample at the lab.


If it’s just an issue that shows up on a leaf, it’s okay to bring in just the leaf, but if the plant is yellowing or appears to be dying, then a grower will need to bring in more of the whole plant so that different tests can be done on different parts of the plant.


Not surprisingly, she notes that new growers have the most problems identifying plant health issues. As well, sometimes they believe they have an insect or disease issue and it’s actually a problem with an irrigation line, for instance.


Joshi advises, “An accurate and timely diagnosis is a crucial first step to implementing appropriate pest management strategies. Different pathogens can show similar symptoms in the field, but the management options can be different.


“It’s parallel to human health diagnoses. You wouldn’t take an antibiotic or other medication without going to a doctor and having your health issue verified first.”


She does advise growers to rely on testing rather than trying to guess what the problem is.


Consultants and field staff are also available to help growers


20 British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Fall-Winter 2017


narrow down the possible plant health issue.


In 2016 alone, the Plant Health Laboratory ran a total of 3,500 tests to identify problems from samples submitted to the laboratory. Plant samples sent to the laboratory range from berry crops, such as blueberry plants; woody ornamentals from nursery crops; tree fruit; greenhouse floriculture; field and greenhouse vegetables; mushrooms and landscape plants.


BARRY LTD.


BEECROFT FUEL DISTRIBUTORS


The independently-owned fuel and lubricant supplier in the Valley


 Antifreeze  Window washer  Fuel conditioners  Grease guns 


Filters  Farm tank fittings


 Two full lines of industrial lubricants and greases


 Many food grade lubricants and greases


www.bbfd.ca • e-mail: bbfd@shawbiz.ca 1


866 318 2233


LUBRICANT PRODUCTS &


.


All samples submitted to the


laboratory are voluntary and provide an avenue for surveillance of invasive pests and diseases in B.C. An electronic record of each sample has been logged since 1987. This provides valuable information on pest and disease detections and trends that have occurred over the past 30 years.


There is a small fee for analysis of plant samples, she notes.


5 CARDLOCK


LOCATIONS: Penticton,


Cawston, Ok Falls, Princeton and Osoyoos


OPENING THIS MONTH IN WEST KELOWNA


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28