Welcome to the U of S Fruit Program
One of the most active and exciting university fruit programs in Canada today. The U of S fruit researchers have been carefully breeding and selecting cold hardy plants for superior fruit quality and yield for over 90 years. China, Mongolia, Russia, Hungary, India and Japan have all contributed to one of the most extensive and diverse collection of cold hardy fruiting plants in North America.
Spring Into Growing Day
Saturday April 27th, Ellen Sawchuk and other experts from the University of Saskatchewan will be presenting topics ranging from vegetables and fruit to orchids. More details here.
2013 U of S Fruit Program Plant Sale
Haskap on "The Nature of Things"
The Haskap discussion starts 30 minutes in.
New Haskap Cultivar 'Aurora'
Read more about it here
2013 Gourmand award winner!
Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies has won the prestigious Gourmand award for "Best Fund Raising, Charity and Community Cookbook in Canada-English"
The new cherry cookbook can be ordered from the University of Saskatchewan bookstore.
Click HERE to order your copy.
It is also available from the following locations around Saskatoon:
U of S Bookstore
North of 40
Western Development Museum Gift Shop
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
NAFEX Presentations available online
Presentations from Thursday July 19th speakers are now online here.
New names for older cultivars. By popular demand, the rest of the '9 series' Haskap has been named. Read more about it here.
U of S Coleus
Ornamental breeding is a small but lovingly attended to part of our program, a part of the program that has rarely had the opportunity to pay for itself. With a recent pickup by US propagator Hort Couture that may all change. A nation-wide distribution of our coleus may put a dent in the rather monstrous greenhouse bills these plants have accrued over the years! After participation in the pack trials, it seems that the press may be picking the story up as well. Watch a video taken at the recent pack trials here (go to about 1:10). Like them on facebook here.
Our grant application for "Breeding of grapes and apples with emphasis on juice products and rootstocks" has been accepted! We're very excited about getting started with this one. Tyler Kaban will be able to ramp up his grape breeding program, and the apple breeding will be accelerated with renewed focus. We will be generating several thousand seedlings over the next three years. Special attention, including fireblight screening, will also be given to our potentially superior dwarfing apple rootstocks.
- Prairie Fruit Summary 2010 by Bob Bors
- Popular Fruit Varieties 2010 by Bob Bors, Rick Sawatzky and Clarence Peters
- Tree Fruit Production Presentation-LANTA 2010 by Bob Bors(~5MB. To download right-click, "save link as")
- Edible Apples in Prairie Canada[~3mb] (Special thanks to The Friends of the Garden, University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden, for allowing us to post this.)
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