Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

Scarlet Acres Ltd.

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MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, and David Knight

MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, and David Knight

Pheromones are in the air at Scarlett Acres. A computer-controlled system is releasing carefully timed puffs of pheromone-laden aerosol at this Northumberland county apple orchard. The goal? To stop oriental fruit moths from breeding and wreaking havoc on the growing fruit and leaves. The orchard owner collaborated with a B.C. agri-tech firm to test out this new technology. It proved far more effective than traditional pheromone traps, which release pheromones when the temperature rises, rather than when moths are most active. The aerosol system reduces the need for pesticide applications, cuts labour costs and effectively controls the moths, creating a model for other fruit growers across Canada.


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