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IN THIS ISSUE SUMMER 2018


Serving the tree fruit, grape and wine industries of British Columbia, Canada


Published quarterly by OMedia Communications


Publisher and Editor Bryden Winsby bryden@omedia.ca


Horticultural Adviser and Contributing Editor


Peter Waterman peter@omedia.ca


Associate Editor


Judie Steeves judie@omedia.ca Contributors


Susan McIver, Gary Strachan, Wayne Wilson,


Advertising Sales Erin Fichtner


advertising@omedia.ca


Graphic Design Buddy Cole


buddy@locoldesign.com


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Suite 515, 22-2475 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna, BC, Canada V4T 2E9


Telephone 778-755-4355 E-mail


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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 by Westkey Graphics Kelowna, BC


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On The Cover


Trellis blown down by high winds is typical of support structures in use for decades. Design change is aimed at improving ability to handle weather extremes and heavier loads. See page 7.


- Judie Steeves photo British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Summer 2018 3


features 9


FARMER BACK AT THE HELM OF ALC


New chair seems to be picking up where Kelowna orchardist Richard Bullock was dumped.


BE PREPARED FOR WILDFIRE


Newly-produced guide aimed at helping orchard and vineyard operators plan for the worst.


WGW MAKING A MARK WORLDWIDE


Replacement for the wine charm is a washable, non-toxic product that writes on glass and glazed ceramics.


WINE WASTE PUT TO THE TASTE


Winecrush getting a chance to convince business ‘dragons’ that its products are worth investment.


regulars UP FRONT


MARKETWATCH LOOKING BACK PRUNINGS


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