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Apple-picking robot prepares to compete for farm jobs

Roughly $4 billion worth of apples are harvested in the U.S. each year. Startup Abundant Robotics hopes to suck up some of it with a machine that vacuums ripe fruit off the tree.

New Ont. fire blight risk prediction maps for 2017

Prediction maps are being developed during the 2017 apple and pear blossom period based on the Cougarblight Model to help support apple and pear growers with their fire blight management decisions.

Stats Canada reports growing blueberry, cranberry and field vegetable acres

According to Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture, which provides an overview of each agriculture sector in Canada, fruit, berries and nut acreages rose 6.7 per cent since 2011.
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Options for thinning apples without carbaryl

Days may be numbered for carbaryl, an insecticide and apple-thinning agent commonly sold under the brand name Sevin by Bayer.

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulation Agency (PMRA) completed a re-evaluation of carbaryl in 2016, which led to some changes and restrictions on the product label. This included eliminating its use in residential areas plus as an insecticide on some fruit and vegetable crops.
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Alberta Potato Industry Association Burgers & Beans

July 5, 2017
Location: Taber Legion Park, 50th Street North, Taber, Alberta
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2017 Potato Growers of Alberta Golf Tournament

July 6, 2017
Location: Paradise Canyon Golf Resort, Lethbridge, Alberta
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18th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference & Trade Show

July 17-18, 2017
Location: Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, Penticton, BC
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