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Penticton, British Columbia V2A 2C1
Japan is B.C.'s third-largest export market, worth $4.7 billion, and they are the world's largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Japan is Port Metro Vancouver's second-largest trading partner, after China. Roughly 17 million tonnes of cargos wer ... more
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Before the heat wave, the early variety - Duke - was a tad behind where it usually is at this time of year.
The hot weather accelerated the growth, and it caught up.
Now, the problem is the stress caused to plants that have not yet been harvested, Sweeney said.
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Its origin is unclear - whether it occurs naturally and crossed over to domestic blueberries or was imported from the U.S. - but it is now well-established and widespread in the Fraser Valley. "It's always going to be here, and we just have to manage it in a way to minimize the losses," said Sweeney, noting the plant virus causes no harm to humans. Once the virus invades a plant, symptoms appear within two years.Since the range of symptoms is severe to subtle, the virus is difficult to diagnose, but the impact to a farmer's income has the potential of being severe.In some fields, Sweeney has seen a plant infection rate of 70 per cent. Infected plants never regain normal productivity. "It's not a huge economic loss at this point.The concern is the potential loss if it's not managed,"
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