Monday, July 25, 2016

Pruning Haskaps

There is a mixed opinion and some research being done in this area. Pruning Haskap can be done, but how it is done and what results you will see and how long it will last are questions that have several answers.
Experience has showed that pruning the bottom of the plants after harvesting them will result in a lot of re growth in the same area in the following years (not very effective). Pruning the heavier wood in the centre of the plants results in new branches with more fruit and it's more supple, less likely to break in the next couple of years. Pruning all the edges fairly evenly, results in lots of new growth although not necessarily a lot more fruit in the following year . 
Some opinions suggest that pruning the bottom to bring the fruit higher does not work. Pruning the middle opens it up and gives you more fruit (don;t do more than 25%). Pruning all over is too much work and plant ends up too bushy.

FLEA BEETLES

In Saskatchewan flea beetles mainly afflict Canola, and we’ve had a few minor infestations on dwarf sour cherry.
Information regarding flea beetles can be found here at the Canola Council website.
I have not seen economically significant damage from flea beetles on Haskap.
In general flea beetles feed on new growth; this can be especially damaging to canola when they feed on the cotyledons before the plant has had a chance to grow a number of new leaves. 
In regard to haskap; they might feed a bit on new leaves, but there are usually too few (flea beetles) feeding extensively to be a concern.
If a grower has evidence to the contrary; please get them to send me samples of the beetles, and pictures of the plant damage.
Perhaps the grower is in a blueberry growing region where Blueberry flea beetles are predominant? See attached info and link for control recommendations on blueberry.

In regard to pesticide control options, the attached insecticides are registered for Haskap (edible honeysuckle/Lonicera) and may provide some control.

Information provided by our Provincial Specialist, Fruit Crops - Forrest Scharf

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Haskap Days NEXT WEEK!!

I hope you are all excited about the upcoming Haskap Days in Saskatoon this coming weekend from July 7-9 inclusive!!  Don't forget to sign up for the tour as well. This is your chance to ask all your questions and come back to your orchard armed with tonnes of information!

http://www.fruit.usask.ca/extension.html


Monday, June 6, 2016

TENT CATERPILLARS


Have any tent caterpillars affecting your plants? One of our colleagues treated some colonies with detergent and water which killed them effectively - especially with a little cooking oil mixed in. Malathion works too BUT is not good for bees at all, so not the first choice in products for this application.
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) is a certified organic pesticide derived from bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It is both bee friendly and very effective when caterpillars are 1/2 inch to 1 inch long . It achieves this by freezing their intestines and starving them.
Fortunately for us, Haskap is their least preferred food and virtually indigestible to them as the leaves carry their own natural pesticide. That won't prevent them from eventually eating it but it is gratifying to know we are giving them a tummy ache.
J .   Here is one of these destructive creatures getting ready to cocoon up in a hazel leaf.

If you have your own unique ways of getting rid of destructive caterpillars, please let us know!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Five things to know!

Five things to know about the Haskap berry!

https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/news/2016/May/515284a9230746ce9f5183c38c63a1a8.html



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

'Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada'

An article published by the Canadian govenerment concerning specific pollinators in Canada along with plants that may be used to attract them can be read here...

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada - http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/aac-aafc/A59-12-2014-eng.pdf

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Native Vs. Managed Pollinator Effectiveness On Haskap Study Released


The research that has been done over the past couple of years involving the  comparative pollination performances of native and managed pollinators on Haskap (Lonicera caerulea: Caprifoliaceae) has just become available online.  It can be accessed here for free until February 9th, 2016.  This research was performed by: S. Danae Frier, Christopher M. Somers, and Cory S. Sheffield (Dept. of Biology, University of Regina and Royal Saskatchewan Museum).


Title - 'Comparing the performance of native and managed pollinators of Haskap (Lonicera caerulea: Caprifoliaceae), an emerging fruit crop ' - http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0167880915301754/1-s2.0-S0167880915301754-main.pdf?_tid=be095eb2-a8c4-11e5-babf-00000aacb35e&acdnat=1450800046_d05ce7916cd1082b20538a650f9379b6ffe

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tomorrow! Free Pollinator Webinar...

On September 30, 2015, there will be a free webinar covering the topic of,  Wild Bees As Crop Pollinators: A Case Study In Haskap.  Here are the details...


Native Prairie Speaker Series 



Wild bees as crop pollinators: 
a case-study in Haskap 



Danae Frier, M.Sc. Candidate, University of Regina 



Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at 12:00pm 
This talk will be presented as a Webinar: 



In-kind support for the Speaker Series provided by the Department of Biology at the University of Regina and Royal Saskatchewan Museum. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Govern-ment of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment. Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada agissant par l’entremise du ministère fédéral de l’Environnement. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Haskap Presentation, Salmon Arm, BC

This is the link to High Mountain Farm's compilation of presentations given at Salmon Arm, BC on march 24, 2015: http://www.haskapbc.com/#!haskap-seminar-salmon-arm/c1h2i



It includes video presentations on:

  • Haskap biology, plants, and growing systems
  • Establishing and maintaining a Haskap orchard
  • Recent and ongoing research
  • Marketing Haskap
  • Harvesting and using Haskap
  • Haskap in the Shuswap
  • Q & A

In The News

A link to a recent National Post article on Haskap:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/better-than-blueberries-introducing-canadas-new-super-food-the-haskap-berry

Friday, September 11, 2015

Konferencja Kamczacka - November 12, 2015


The edible blue honeysuckle conference in Poland spoken of by Dr. Stanislaw Pulta at this year's Haskap Day is now taking registrations.  The language of the conference will be English.  At present 150 Polish Zitoy equals $52 CAD.  The location of the conference is just south of Warsaw.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Poland Visits Haskap Day

Dr. Stanislaw Pluta led a delegation from Poland at this year's Haskap Day.  He is a researcher at the Research Insititute of Horticulture located at Skierniewice.  Here is a link to one of his black currant presentations (PDF file):  Blackcurrant Production and Breeding in Poland.  He expressed how interested growers in Poland are in haskap and spoke briefly in the afternoon.  It's nice to see this international interest.  Thank you for attending!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Second Helpings: Cooking With Haskap

Second Helpings: Cooking With Haskap, by Loretta Bors and Lil Sawatzky

...permanent link added to the right sidebar

Friday, July 3, 2015

IRAP Speaks At Haskap Day: Grants Available To Qualified Haskap Growers

At Haskap Day 2015 Colleen Christiansen outlined the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) which offers federally funded governmental grants to qualified haskap growers/marketers.  She also highlighted several important provincial programs to which haskap growers may apply as well.  Here is an outline of what she presented along with links.  Thank you, Colleen!

There are a number of government programs that small and medium sized businesses can access in Canada.  The Government of Canada lists all areas of support on the following website http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/contact/#.  In Saskatchewan there is a federal/provincial agency called "Square One" which supports small business start ups as well as growth of existing small businesses.  Square One has recently created a list of all programs available to entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan http://squareonesask.ca/skbizgrid/.

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the National Research Council of Canada has two methods to help small and medium sized business in Canada.  One program is the Concierge Service http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/concierge/index.html.  This is a single access point that anyone can call to talk to someone who is knowledgeable about all of the programs that exist in Canada.  The second method is through working with Industrial Technology Advisors to connect with the funding programs of IRAP  http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/index.html 

In Saskatchewan the Ministry of Agriculture also has a program to assist small business called SAVIhttp://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GF2-SAVI 

Although the list of government programs is long and it may seem confusing, each program has been designed for a reason. Each program has specific goals and rules regarding eligibility of projects and expenses within projects.  The best plan is to contact someone who works for the program to find out what is the best for you and your company according to the goals and plans you have for your company.  

If you have any questions about IRAP, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Colleen Christensen, PhD, PAg, ProDir
Industrial Technology Advisor
Industrial Research Assistance Program
National Research Council
Saskatoon
Colleen.Christensen@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
306-975-4972

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Second Helpings: Cooking With Haskap, by Lil Sawatzky and Loretta Bors


In the same fashion that the haskap berry is new to our tables, so likewise is a haskap cookbook new to our kitchens...making it most likely the first of its kind in the world!  And being so made it a challenge in its own right to produce.  Since it is still a relatively unknown fruit, a cookbook that highlights the joys of using it is by definition difficult to write.  Not only are recipes difficult to find, but the inherent puzzle of actually finding out how other ingredients interact with haskap, or even of proving the submitted recipes, are themselves at the root of this challenge.  Add to this their desire to accommodate gluten-free and low-/no-sugar diets and Loretta Bors and Lil Sawatzky have done a wonderful job.  Illustrated and with fun-facts added, their haskaptions bring recipes to life on the page, even as the results of these recipes will being flavour and zest to your fare!

Its contents include: Appetizers/Sauces/Jams, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Methods/Preserving/Helpful Hints.  There is a forward by James Dawson. 49 pp.; spiral bound.

The cost is $15 + shipping, and you can order a copy by contacting Loretta Bors at: lorettabors@hotmail.com

Bon appetite!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lac La Biche Enters Haskap Category To Fair Competition

Haskap Canada member, Norbert Brecht lobbied his local agricultural society to have haskap included in their country fair.  As a result, haskap has now being included in their tame fruits class.

Way to go, Norbert! :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Are We Going To See You At Haskap Day? That's This Friday...

The University of Saskatchewan's Horticulture Field Lab is located on the north side of 14th Street between Preston and Circle Drive in Saskatoon, SK.  Parking is available for participants only along the south side of 14th Street... 


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Haskap Cookbook Nearing Publishing

Loretta Bors is finishing up a Haskap Cookbook in the next few days and plans to print and sell the 1st edition at the upcoming Haskap Day.  If you have any recipes you’d like her to consider, please email them to her in the next couple days: Loretta Bors (lorettabors@hotmail.com).  While this will be a quick print, she intends to get the book published and distributed widely. She was part of the team that won a Gormand Cookbook Award in 2013 for Cooking with Cherries on the Prairies.

She will be acknowledging all contributors and can include websites, company names and other contact info if you want.