Fraser Valley – Managing Extreme Heat with Reflective Tarps in the Blueberry Industry [fv10]
|Status||in progress: Mar 2020 to Mar 2021|
|Project Lead||BC Blueberry Council|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Blueberry Council|
|Other Partners||Producer cooperators, packer-processors|
This project will encourage, through demonstration and knowledge transfer, the increased adoption of reflective tarps as a tool to manage negative post-harvest impacts of extreme heat on blueberries in the Fraser Valley.
As the climate changes, the Fraser Valley is experiencing longer, hotter and drier summers. In the addition to an overall increase in average temperatures, there are likely to be more spikes in temperature, as well as more warm and extremely hot days. The quality of harvested blueberries can be negatively impacted by exposure to heat.
An earlier CAI project identified increased adoption of reflective tarps as a relatively low-cost option for shading and protecting harvested berries from heat impacts.
This project will:
- assess packer-processor and producer interest in the adoption of reflective tarps
- demonstrate and evaluate the use of reflective tarps with a small number of packer-processors and growers
- identify challenges and opportunities in the use of reflective tarps
- share results of the demonstration with producers through knowledge transfer activities