Trufficulture Tips:

Checking for bud break stage and development of bloom provides seasonal information for spring management of tree health and for accurate documentation.

Hindsight has shown us the incredible importance of keeping detailed records – take the time to document the weather, soil conditions, tree growth, root conditions and all other variables! Track any changes or corrective actions such as pruning and soil amendments and the results. We are happy to have kept very comprehensive documentation that will enable detailed analysis of patterns and results, leading to an unparalleled knowledge base about Canadian Trufficulture.

Fall is the ideal time to check the soil pH factors of your plantation, striving for the optimum 7.5-7.9 pH and to amend accordingly. If a complete soil analysis has not been done, it may be advisable at this time.

In summer ensure your young seedlings have enough moisture provided, while remaining moderate and adjusting for site-specific condition, annual rainfall, temperature and evapotranspiration rates.

Avoid overwatering, which can encourage tap root formation preventing the formation of fine root biomass. Fine roots are more efficient for vertical water transport to the leaves, higher CO2 fixation and therefore higher T. Melanosporum colonization. Moderate irrigation allocates more resource to developing the mycorrhizae, which in turn compensates for the lower water availability. Monitor and establish a foundation for your plantation, taking into consideration seedling water stress can vary depending on host species, plantation density, and water-holding capacity of a specific soil.

Severe pruning of the Hazelnut trees is needed to keep tree growth in check. Less nitrogen is beneficial to reduce this requirement. Garry Oak has a natural tree form and requires substantially less pruning maintenance.

March pruning in advance of tree spring growth emergence is beneficial. Prune in an inverted cone shape allowing heat penetration to the crown area.

Check your orchard soil for wireworm infestations prior to planting. Repeated cultivation discourages this cycle.

Aphid infestation in the hazelnut plantation has been successfully controlled with diatomaceous earth, a   natural powder that is easily administered in calm air with no rain for at least 12 hours.

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2017 News

Next available litter is planned for later fall, 2017. OFA Tested Parents, BFJE Clear, LSD Clear, FF Good Non-shedding Coat, Champion  Superior Temperament.

Ducketts lagotto puppies are world-class breed standard.

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Duckett Truffieres have pioneered all aspects of black Perigord truffle production in Canada. Media attention attests to the importance of these achievements in Canadian agriculture and the enormous potential for this beginning industry in Canada. Some of the Media outlets who have reported on Duckett Truffieres and trufficulture in BC include:

  • The Beacon Magazine, June 2011 edition, article "Trail Blazing Couple Farms Canadian 'Black Diamonds'"
  • Black Press - West Coast Farmer March 2010 front page banner and feature article May 2010 - vol 1 issue 3
  • Vancouver Sun November 2009 article "Truffles Could Help Island Farms Smell Profits"
  • Victoria Times-Colonist November 2009 article "Black Gold Harvest Soon"
  • network November 2009 article "Truffle Farm Aims to Satisfy Local Island Customers First"
  • Parksville-Qualicum Beach News - Feature article May 29, 2009
  • A-Channel "Island Proud"
  • CanWest Publishing Inc has published articles in several of their larger market papers including the Victoria Times Colonist, The Vancouver Sun, The Edmonton Journal and others. These articles have also been noted in several culinary blogs.
  • Country Life in BC, May 2008
  • Western Living Magazine, Transcontinental Media. 2008
  • CTV British Columbia article and video July 11, 2008
  • CBC Radio Sounds Like Canada Monday September 22nd, 2008
  • "Modern Dog" magazine Fall 2008 "Hunt for Truffles."
2013 Puppies
DCK Baroness Magdalen
DCK Duchess - Lagotto Truffle dog
Grant introduces Duchess to a new Lagotto Romagnolo Truffle dog
Duchess gets the scent froma handfull of truffles harvested at Duckett Truffieres
Truffle dogs on the hunt, winter 2012
Ducketts Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada new truffle dog
DCK Ducketts Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada truffle dog Samuel
Two of DCK Ducketts Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada truffle dogs

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