June 12, 2019
by JUDIE STEEVES
The first firm, ripe cherries of the season are set to head to BC packinghouses in the coming days.
Oliver grower Pinder Dhaliwal, president of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association, is pleased with the size and quality of the fruit.
“We’ve had no drastic weather and there’s no rain forecast for the next few days, so it’s looking like a good crop to be harvested,” he says.
Chelan and Tieton will be the first varieties picked, and Dhaliwal expects demand to be strong.
This year’s harvest is beginning at about the same as last year. Pickers will enter orchards early in the morning to bring in the crop before the heat of the day hits. Harvest usually ends around noon. This allows the fruit to be kept as cool as possible to preserve quality.
Some growers in the valley are reporting a light crop this year because of extremely cold weather in February after a mild January.
Apricot growers in particular sustained considerable damage from a combination of February’s cold snap then cold spring weather that dampened pollination.
Apples, on the other hand, are looking good this year. Blossoming later than apricots, they enjoyed good weather during pollination, according to Dhaliwal.
Apple growers are keeping their fingers crossed that temperatures don’t reach extreme highs this summer, causing trees to shut down and slow ripening.
Vol. 105 Issue 6
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
Hog farm won’t face charges
Okanagan drives land values
Where’s the beef?
Minister defends Bill 15 changes
Back Forty: Farmers, not just farmland, need revitalization
Editorial: No peace, no order
ALR restrictions make commuting a fact of life
Johnston’s Packers targeted by activists
Sidebar: When is a crime not a crime?
Berry growers get long-awaited funding boost
Proteobiotics reduce poultry, swine infections
Greenhouse growth stymied by gas prices
Increase farm productivity with cover crops
Ag Briefs: Water fees not evenly distributed among users
Ag Briefs: BC Tree Fruits prepares to relocate
Farmland trust explored for Island
New owner, same faces
Fruit growers cautiously optimistic on bloom set
Honeycrisp key to success for Golden Apple winners
Changes to slaughter rules taking too long
Going! Going! Gone
Local meat deamnd creating opportunities
Sidebar: Compost in 14 days
Ranch takes pasture to plate at face value
Market Musings: Technology has its challenges
Oliver veggie grower prefers wholesale
Grocer offers tips to get a foot in the door
Greenhouse veggie days a hit with school
Haskap research may help berry go mainstream
Research: Bee sensitivity linked to neonic pesticides
Fraser Valley orchardist calling it a day
Worming his way to the top of the heap
Mushrooms a viable crop for small growers
Island 4-H beef show celebrates 25 years
Woodshed: Deborah starts her vacation a golf widow
Brewery’s food program spawns farm project
Jude’s Kitchen: Celebrate dads!