Podcast- The Wild View on Blueberries: E8 S1_ Year in Review: Wild Blueberry Production in 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

Welcome to the last episode of this year’s wild blueberry podcast! This special episode is to give you a summary of this year’s wild blueberry production in several important regions, including NS, PEI, NB, QC and Maine. We invited regional extension specialists and researchers to take about each region’s production. 

To listen to the podcast go to: https://anchor.fm/wild-view-on-blueberries/episodes/E8-S1--Year-in-Review-Wild-blueberry-production-in-2021-e1brkhs.

Thank you for your support of this podcast program and we will see you in 2022. Have a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas, all! 

Podcast- The Wild View on Blueberries: E7 S1_Fall Weed Management in Wild Blueberry Production with Dr. Scott White

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 Fall is one of the important timings for weed management in wild blueberry production. It is also a good time to scout your fields and understand the weed composition of those fields. A better understanding of weed issues in managed fields will be helpful and prepare you to make a suitable and effective weed management program in your farms. What weed species are in the fall weed management window? What are the best windows for fall weed management? We have some answers and suggestions for you!

Dr. Scott White was in our spring podcast for a spring weed management discussion. We are glad to invite him back to talk about fall weed management and his research updates. Dr. White is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture. He has an active research program in vegetation management in wild blueberries.


To listen to this podcast, please visit https://anchor.fm/wild-view-on-blueberries/episodes/E7-S1--Fall-Weed-Management-in-Wild-Blueberry-Production-with-Dr--Scott-White-e19v1n5.

Farming in a Humid Year, Part of Perennia’s “Getting into the Weeds” Seminar Series

Monday, November 8, 2021

As we continue to offer online webinars for this year’s Getting into the Weeds learning in the agriculture sector, our crop specialists and guest speakers will offer 5 online sessions to discuss several aspects of farm management in a humid year. Please join us as we take a deep dive into agriculture production targeting moving the industry forward!

Pesticide points and CCA CEU Points will be available! 

November 23, 12:00-1:00

Paul Hildebrand: Understanding the Infection Cycle on Your Farm: Targeting Effective Disease Management.

Session details and registration link: https://www.perennia.ca/eventer/understanding-the-infection-cycle-on-your-farm-targeting-effective-disease-management/edate/2021-11-23/


November 30, 12:00-1:00

Sajid Rehman: A Disease Summary of 2021 – What Did We Learn?

Session details and registration link: https://www.perennia.ca/eventer/year-in-review-a-disease-summary-of-2021-what-did-we-learn/edate/2021-11-30/


January 12, 12:00-1:00

Jennifer Foster and Katie Goldenhar: Fundamentals of Fungicides.

Session details and registration link: https://www.perennia.ca/eventer/fundamentals-of-fungicides/edate/2022-01-12/


February 3, 12:00-1:00

Peter Sikkema: Why Herbicides Fail: Targeting Effective Herbicide Application.

Session details and registration link: https://www.perennia.ca/eventer/why-herbicides-fail-targeting-effective-herbicide-application/edate/2022-02-03/



Dan Olmstead: How Weather Station Decision Support Tools Can Affect You and Your Farm.

Stay tuned for more updates: https://www.perennia.ca/learning/online/

Cleanfarms 2021 Unwanted Pesticides & Old Livestock/Equine Medications Collection

Thursday, November 4, 2021

 The Cleanfarms 2021 Unwanted Pesticides & Old Livestock/Equine Medications Collection is happening now.  It runs from November 1 to 12.  You can take your pesticides to one of the following locations between 9 am and 4 pm:


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The below message is about this year's AGM. Please review and register if you are planning to attend the meetings. 

Preparations are well underway for our Annual General Meeting. This year our AGM will be taking place both in-person at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel & Convention Centre, 150 Willow Street, Truro, and online via Zoom Conferencing. We will be monitoring and making adjustments to our plan as required, in order to follow Public Health guidelines.


Currently our plans require all participants to PRE-REGISTER IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH IN-PERSON and ZOOM meeting, by calling WBPANS office at 902-662-3306 or emailing: info@nswildblueberries.com Maximum capacity is 150 people for the in-person meeting, and only those pre-registered will be admitted. All attendees must show proof of full vaccination upon entering the Best Western Glengarry facility and masks must be worn until you are seated in the meeting room.


Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm will be the Annual Business Meeting -150 people maximum capacity at the in-person meeting and you can join via Zoom. Pre-Registration is required!


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reception to honour our Recognition Award inductees (90 people maximum capacity at this in-person event. Pre-registration is required!


Friday, November 19, 2021 - 8:30 am - 2:45 pm - Technical Sessions will be held with wild blueberry researchers and industry contacts. 150 people maximum capacity at these sessions or you may join via Zoom. Pesticide points will be awarded to both in-person and on-line attendees.

Pre-Registration is required!


Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)- 2021 harvesting season

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

We are seeing Spotted Wing Drosophila in some fields and growers from several locations have told me they have SWD in their traps.

It is good to put traps out to monitor the pest, especially if you have late fields. This information factsheet introduces the pest and monitoring method: https://www.perennia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/SWD-factsheet_March2020.pdf

Once a fly is captured, treatment should begin for all susceptible crops in that area. Please refer to our pest management guide for product recommendations:

Weather Station Assistance Program

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 The objective of the Farm Weather Station Assistance Program is two-fold: to encourage producers to install weather stations and adopt new technology tools; and fully utilize the data to make proactive management decisions to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adverse weather conditions.

Funding is open to eligible applicants at 30-70 per cent subsidy levels.

This program is administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and is funded under the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program.

Perennia will be working with applied applicants to implement the program, including providing the weather station and co-ordinating the installation. As of the launch of the program, Perennia is completing the competitive bidding process to select the weather station supported under the Program. As soon as the model is selected, information will be shared here and via other channels.

This program is open until July 30, 2021

To know details about the program and how to apply, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/programs/Weather-Station-Assistance/