[NAFEX] Saskatoon Research
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Jun 4 11:29:04 EDT 2007
Richard, there is a folder on Amelachier in the NAFEX library. If we
all send copies of the papers on Amelanchier that we find to the NAFEX
librarian, he can add them to that folder. -- Sam Brungardt
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard MURPHY
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2007 10:22 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Saskatoon Research
Amelanchier Alnifolia is 99.9% unknown, south of Canada.
On the Prairie, (Saskatchewan in particular) they are more than common.
Very common in Manitoba and Alberta as well. Many pick-your-own farms,
The only source of solid scientific information I have been able to find
is from Dr. Richard St. Pierre, of the University of Sask., and his book
on the subject.
>From a business standpoint, as I read here and there, even the Canadian
folks are still arguing about who should get money for further
development of the Saskatoon Berry market. As far as 'how to produce
crops, and what cultivars to use', they have well established this.
BUT...... It is all for zones 3 and 2 climate. Not going to be a
slam-dunk for Americans.
Look at a few of their places Saskatoonfarm.com Select Seedling.com
Riverbendplantation.com and see what they are up to. Buy Paul Hamer's
(saskfarm) video and watch it a few times.
I have an orchard 4 hours north of my residence. It is in zone 4 Maine.
I have about 500 Saskatoons in the ground. They are the slowest growing
things I have ever seen, and this observation has been echoed elsewhere.
One of the group here mentioned Boron; and I think that is a valid
observation as well. I am keeping a spray log on these plants, as anyone
would. Checking for pests, etc...
The most common pest so far has been (to the best of my ability to
match what I see to St. Pierre's manual) is Entomosporium Leaf Berry
Spot. The most effective chemical for this, that I can find, is
Chlorothalonil. Another problem was planting plants with dried-out
roots. Another; planting in water-logged mud; another; plants being
frost-heaved up and out of the ground. Haven't seen any Wooly Aphids
yet. No CAR or other crud.. minor leaf damage from bugs.
Some of these plants will be exposed to a weak Borax solution next week.
It will take months to see any results. I think patience is a key
ingredient to success with these plants. They have a lot going for them,
growing that is, and they taste excellent. The plants are far from
Another thing that differs from here to Saskatchewan is sunlight hours
per day. Don't they get a lot more than we do ? Temperature is another
factor, and soil composition and structure. The latter is being dug into
more deeply by yours truly.
It would be a great thing to have a repository for all Amelanchier
papers we write / find. Set up a small interest group, and publish an
annual report in Pomona. Discuss goals and experiment designs, etc. This
is what Chex said, too. My biggest problem is space here in
Massachusetts. One third of an acre, versus 25 acres in Maine.
I need to move.
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