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Chemicials

Bruce and Charlene selected U of S Cherries as their primary crop largely because it was a crop not normally grown here. Thus most diseases and pests have not been an issue. Cherries certainly are not indigenous to the Prairies. As a result we have not used any chemicals or fertilizer on the cherries since they were planted.

In 2012 a common fungus in other regions, brown blossom rot, devastated the fruit in northern Saskatchewan. So we may have to spray in 2013. The bright side is that a fungicide is applied during the bloom stage well before the fruit even forms.

We are not particularly thrilled with this outcome however we will not let our cherry plants suffer from a disease that has become prevalent in Saskatchewan. Weather conditions during bloom will dictate whether we go this route. 2012 saw weather conditions that were very optimal for brown blossom rot. This disease is very prevalent in traditional orchards. This disease plus many others and pests require fruit and vegetables in traditional areas to be sprayed repeatedly during the growing season. Reputable producers use only the minimal amounts and adhere to the days before harvest time for each product. Chemicals and the equipment to apply them are very expensive and we will not compromise a safe working environment for ourselves and workers on our farm.

On Hill Berry Acres we will use only what is necessary to ensure a quality product is harvested for your table.

Dwift Watch is available in Saskatchewan, the first Canadian Province. Drift Watch maps sensitive areas and allows chemcial applicators to know if there are areas to avoid. Its FREE.Sask is the first Canadian province to have this tool. Click here to go to their site.