- Dedicate some time to reviewing this past season.
- What went well?
- What could have been different?
- What changes could be implemented next year?
- Update your records.
- Gaze into your own crystal ball. What do you anticipate might happen or be an issue next year, and how can you prepare for it?
- Start thinking about your plant requirements - probably put your orders in - and your various association memberships.
- Take time to overhaul irrigation and spray equipment before putting it away for winter.
- Plan to visit or contact a number of fellow producers over the winter - at meetings or courses - to discuss successes and failures. Identify one or two people who you think you could learn from.
- Plan to attend at least 1 or more workshops or courses over the winter, and register for it.
- Apply winter protection to strawberries or fall-planted garlic if you have not already done so. It should be done this month before hard freeze arrives and kills off plants.
- Strawberry plants exposed to temperatures between -6 C to -9 C can be damaged and killed.
- Apply Casoron to saskatoon berries before snowfall and after the ground has cooled off.
- Remember to carefully adjust the rate for banding.
- If you are planning on rejuvenation or renovation pruning, do not apply Casoron, as it will damage those plants.
- Casoron can also be applied to established raspberries - every other year - depending on strength of the orchard and the growing system being used.
- See label for specific application details and restrictions.
Connect with the Alberta Ag-Info Centre:
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276)