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IN THIS ISSUE Summer 2018


Published quarterly by OMedia Communications


Publisher and Editor


Bryden Winsby bryden@omedia.ca


Associate Editor Judie Steeves judie@omedia.ca


Advertising Sales Erin Fichtner


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Contents copyright 2018. Reproduction in whole or in part, by any means, without prior written permission, is strictly prohibited.


PRINTED IN CANADA 14 On The Cover


Wildlife biologist Sofi Hindmarch is coordinating construction of barn owl boxes to help control voles in berry fields around the Lower Mainland. See page 5.


- Judie Steeves photo


WHO CAN TELL YOUR ‘STORY’ BEST?


Farmers are often in the best position to deal with consumer confusion and inaccurate perceptions.


regulars UP FRONT 4


MINDING YOUR BUSINESS 15 FARM SAFETY PRUNINGS


17 18


British Columbia Berry Grower • Summer 2018 3


features 6


10 11


VERTICAL AGRICULTURE


Each BioPod plant is exposed to a unique micro-climate based on growth cycle requirements to reach its full potential.


HORSETAIL A STUBBORN OPPONENT


Weed scientist suspects use of chemicals is not efficient and that alternative control measures are needed.


FOCUS ON FUNGICIDE RESISTANCE


Crop disease specialist advises growers to understand and vary the formulations they use.


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