The Fruit Program holds workshops, tours, and and are often invited speakers at conferences. These events are designed to give commercial growers and gardeners a chance to learn, ask questions, and participate. Look below for a list of this years events. Events that are hosted by the Fruit Program are held at the field lab (scroll down for map). Click here for a more detailed map.

 

Upcoming Events

SOIL TESTING FOR SASKATCHEWAN GROWERS OF HASKAP

If you plan to attend one of our events or meetings in Saskatoon, you can get 1 or 2 free soil tests done by participating in the U of SK research project.ADF20140239 Nutritional and Soil Requirements for propagating and growing Haskap Plant

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JUNE 23, 2017 10AM TO 2PM

EARLY RIPENING HASKAP TOUR

U of SK Hort Research Fields. 2909 14th Street East, Saskatoon

This is a shorter version of our regular haskap day. Originally we thought only the earliest ripening haskap will be ripe but the season is progressing a bit faster so mid season haskap are starting to taste good and some late types are already changing colour.. There will not be formal talks but questions and discussion are encouraged. For fruit tasting and evaluation, we will focus on comparing our early ripening breeding material to the Russian variety collection. We will also visit the variety trial and see the different types of haskap from Russia, Japan, Kuril Islands, and Canada. Cultural practices will be seen and discussed. We will be in the field for 2.5 hours or so. Then we will eat lunch and just have and open Q and A session. It is too early to run the harvester but we can look at it. Bob Bors will be leading the tour. There is a $20 charge for this event but either bring your own lunch or contribute $5 to ordering pizza.

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Haskap Days Extravaganza

July 19, 20, 21, 22 2017. FOUR DAYS OF HASKAP!!! Attend part or all. Locations will be at various places at the U of SK campus. Registration is being handled by Haskap Canada at www.haskap.ca/haskap-days-2017/ More details are at that site.

July 19: Haskap school by Bob Bors. 4 hours all about haskap varieties, growing, processing, etc.

July 20: Haskap tour of U of SK breeding program. This is the annual tour which visits the 8 fields (16 acres?) of Haskap. The U of SK has the worlds largest Haskap breeding program and is likely the most diverse collection of germplasm. Each year new fields are planted so one can see haskap of all ages. Mechanical harvesting of haskap will be demonstrated.

July 21: Canada-wide Haskap Research Symposium. Researchers and extension agents from across Canada (and possibly other countries) will be presenting their research and observations. This is the first time for such a symposium, which is likely to occur annually or biannually in various locations across Canada. Growers are invited to attend and researchers are encouraged to become presenters. More details will follow in January and February. If you are an interested researcher contact Bob Bors at bob.bors@usask.ca

July 22: Haskap Canada tour of Haskap Farms. This tour will involve visiting farms growing and processing Haskap. Starting point will be at the U of SK campus. If enough people are interested we may rent a bus, and/or could car pool. This event will be arranged and run by Haskap Canada www.haskap.ca

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THURSDAY AUGUST 10, 2017 10AM TO 2PM

Cherry Field Day TOUR

Cost $25 + $5 if you want Pizza

U of SK Hort Research Fields. 2909 14th Street East, Saskatoon

IN the morning a tour will emphasize cherries but we will also look at other fruits. If weather permits, we will use the Joanna harvester on cherries and demonstrate our Tarp harvesting method. There will be a demonstration of our cherry pitter. Visitors will be able to taste the various cherry varieties in the field including new ones that may be released in a few years. After lunch we will have an open discussion on growing cherries and answer questions. The authors of "Cooking with Cherries from the prairies" may be available to talk too.

FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2017 10AM TO 3PM

Grafting Workshop

Cost $50

U of SK Hort Research Fields. 2909 14th Street East, Saskatoon

Grafting is so much easier to learn in person especially when experts are coaching you. This workshop involves learning to propagate rootstocks, pruning trees to create quality budwood, how to gather and store budwood and doing bud grafting with parafilm. Using parafilm is cleaner, faster, and more likely for success compared to the old rubber band and grafting compound method. We will also go to the field to see examples of grafting and the stooling beds for rootstock propagation. HOw to add varieties to an existing tree will also be taught. Participants will get some parafilm and a rootstock to take home. If you have ordered budwood, this workshop will be a good time to pick it up. Bring your own lunch or we can group order something. To reserve a spot, send an email to rick.sawatzky@usask.ca at least 2 weeks before the event. We have to order chairs and table for this event. (If you want to show up unplanned, bring your own chair and tv tray or small table)

 

 

 

 

 

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