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Currant Update 2017

Currant Update 2017

This year’s crop was dismal at best. We harvested all plants and only managed a little under 400 pounds of black currant fruit. As I was driving the tractor during harvest I kept reviewing this year to pinpoint our low production. Weather wise we had an unbelievable season with perfectly timed rains, cool nights and no pest issues. The only reason I can figure is the fact that my producing bushes are over 20 years old and have run their…

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Currant Update 2016

Currant Update 2016

I’ve just finished mowing the currants for the last time before harvest. This May and June have been extremely hot and dry and I have been irrigating the currants for most of June. The crop looks promising but I do need to double or triple production in the next couple of years. My new plantings are struggling with both the heat and dryness. Sandy loam soil is great for an early start but lacks in moisture holding potential. I think…

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Currant Update 2015

Currant Update 2015

It is hard to believe another school year has ended and currant harvest is less than a week away.  I intend to begin harvest on July 13. The rains have been perfectly timed and the late spring frost did very little damage.  The crop at this point looks promising and sizeable. When we started black currants about 14 years ago I really struggled selling the fruit. I tried selling fresh currants through the Toronto Food Terminal and learned that fresh…

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