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.

Duckett Truffieres News

2015 News

Next available litter is planned for later 2015. Reserves are required and are arriving in now. Reserve early!

OFA Tested parents, JE Clear, Good Coat tested, awesome personalities, Registered, Ducketts lagotto puppies are world-class breed standard.
Ducketts Lagotto were exclusively spotlighted again in the Canadian Dogs Annual 2015.

2014 News Announcing Puppies now Available for Reserve

Puppies are now being reserved for their new homes for companion, service, show or breeding. All are Registered, micro-chipped, Vet Health Certified. Few are bred, reserve with Puppy/Dog Application


All available 2013 Lagotto Puppies have been placed in wonderful homes, two older trained lagotto are available in 2014.

Click here to Download Puppy/Dog Application Form.


2012 was extremely busy in truffle hunting so our Lagotto worked overtime during the hunt this past season. Working Dogs are totally occupied with their responsibilities when their days include training and daily vigilant hunting. We've increased our hunting family by importing 2 excellent conforming Lagotto in spring 2012, with another addition planned in fall 2012. These premium lagotto come from Campanion lineage and will join Ducketts "Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada" breeding program. We are working with The Canadian Kennel Club to breed excellent conforming Lagotto with overall balance and correct proportions.

2013 will be a year of puppies so Ducketts Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada kennel has been accepting application reserves for 2013 puppies. We would be happy to make your Lagotto dream come true. Download the Application from our Lagotto page.

We, here at Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada, are honored to have been asked to present our Lagotto at the CKC Judges Conference in Vancouver in the fall of 2012. Over 60 Judges will be introduced to the working breed "Lagotto Romagnolo" and the standards for judgement by Grant and Betty Duckett.

Our project of increasing the total plantation by 20,000 trees in 2012 means that fall planting of thousands of host Hazelnut, Garry Oak and Douglas Fir begins in September in order to expand the pioneering research and development of truffle production at Duckett Truffieres.

Diatomaceous Earth (DTE) has been administered to the sleeping quarters of our Lagotto Romagnolo dogs to discourage skeleton insects such as fleas from taking up residence. DTE is a natural deterrant, composed of ground-up diatoms. - note of alert - shampoo and rinse your lagotto well before clipping DTE is hard on your clipper blades.

JULY 2012

Our new Lagotto dogs, who are part of our truffle hunting working group and will join the Lagotto lineage at Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada, were introduced to DCK Duchess. The new dogs have perfect health, structure and conformation to the standards of the breed, creating a great foundation for breeding at Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada. This breed is known world-wide for its exceptional truffle hunting ability and has a non-shedding hypo-allergenic coat. With the fresh scent of truffles as a reminder, Duchess and her partner dogs worked hard in the annual "Truffle Hunt".

APRIL 2012

The The Canadian Kennel Club announced on April 27th that the Lagotto Romagnolo breed is now a Listed Breed and has been assigned to Group 1 (Sporting). The Lagotto Romagnolo breed is eligible to compete in CKC events effective July 1, 2012. We are delighted to have our kennel registered with CKC as "DCK Lagotto" and we'd like to introduce DCK Baroness Magdalen in the picture to the right!


We are approaching harvest again for the fourth time for the oldest section of the truffiere, while the newest section will not produce truffles for another couple of years at least. We have had record-breaking cold again this winter and a solid blanket of snow that only stayed a short time compared to the month-long snow cover we had once in recent years. The full impact of climate and weather on production is still unknown so we continue to document our seasonal variations to build up a database of weather and production information. It will take many years of weather cycles to connect the harvest results to the impact of the weather. We can't help looking to our records from past years and searching for repeated patterns - we're anticipating another great black Perigord truffle harvest.

January is National Dog Training Month and we will be continuing to train Duchess and our other Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada here at Ducketts Farms throughout the harvest season. Lagotto are a breed hardy to the climate, resilent and focused with purpose of mind - true working dogs and our most important harvest workers.


Early harvest includes acorns and nuts produced as a by-product of the Garry Oak and Hazelnut truffle trees. Nuts and acorns are both valuable foods, rich in nutrients and valued historically by many cultures world-wide, including indigenous North Americans. There is more information at the UN Food & Agriculture website about nuts and acorns as food as well.

While harvesting we conduct an analysis of the years growth and leafed canopy cover in preparation for later fall pruning. We will also mark any fissure like cracks in the earth under and around the trees that may depict truffle growth as these cracks will not show as winter rains come. We are also checking for tree health and wellness and reading the fall soil ph for possible need of spring soil amendment.

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APRIL 2011

Working with partners from varied micro-climates across Canada, Ducketts have grown hardy west coast seedling trees for urban and rural areas. Plant, nourish and protect a tree this year. Contact Duckett Truffieres for Garry Oak, Birch, Willow, Edible Chestnut, Blue Atlas Cedar or Maple.

Phone or Fax 1-250-586-5133
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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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