2023 Pesticide Courses from Marbicon Inc.

Friday, January 27, 2023

 Marbicon Inc / Jim Jotcham will be offering in-person full-day exam preparation courses (T2237) AND points workshops (T2236) this spring. The following locations are confirmed, with additional courses and locations being planned.


The full course, preparing for the exam, is $125. Doors open at 8:30, finishing by 5:00 at the latest. Five recertification points (T2237) are available. $110 for points only, and out by 3:15.

Feb 24 – Oxford, Cumberland Co.

Feb 27 – Heatherton, Antigonish Co.

Mar 2 – Millville, Victoria Co.

Mar 6 – Little Brook, Digby Co.

Mar 7 – Berwick, Kings Co.

Mar 10 – Truro, Colchester Co.

Mar 15 – New Germany, Lunenburg Co.


Pesticide exams are normally only written online.

Contact NS Environment for details and the 2023 exam schedule.

A course is not required before challenging the pesticide exam, but it usually helps.


Recertification workshop (5.0 points T2236), $110 taxes in. This workshop is for people holding valid NS pesticide applicator certificates needing points to renew.

Doors open at 8:30, finishing around 3:15.

Feb 16 – Berwick, Kings Co.

Feb 23 – Bible Hill, Colchester Co.

Mar 3 – Millville, Victoria Co.

Mar 17 – New Germany, Lunenburg Co.


HST is included in the price. Cash or cheques (payable to Marbicon Inc) or e-transfer. Pay at the door or by corporate/government purchase order.

Contact Jim Jotcham at marbicon@eastlink.ca or at 902-538-7101 for more details and to pre-register. 

We Are Back With Season 4 of the Getting Into The Weeds Seminar Series!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023


Join us for the new season of the Getting into the Weeds seminar series! This year our theme is Farming in a Tight Year. 2022 saw a significant cost increase of production inputs, and combined with the global supply chain issues we have been experiencing the past few years, agricultural production is becoming more challenging. This year's webinar series is comprised of four information sessions focusing on maximizing efficiencies on farm.


January 13, 2023, at 12:00 PM
Best Practices for Effective and Efficient Pesticide Application

January 19, 2023, at 12:00 PM
Nutrient Efficiency – Good for the Bottom Line, Good for the Environment

February 7, 2023. at 12:00 PM

Optimizing On-Farm Efficiency – Labour, Time and Equipment

February 16, 2023, 12 12:00 PM
Trials and Tribulations of On-Farm Plots


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

 In partnership with Nova Scotia Natural Resources and Renewables (NRR) and Disaster Financial Assistance of Nova Scotia (DFA), the Association for Sustainable Forestry (ASF) is coordinating a cleanup program which will assist landowners whose woodlots have been significantly impacted by windthrow caused by Hurricane Fiona.


Incentives will assist with cleanup and removal of merchantable wood fibre, and renewal of existing boundary lines.


For more information, contact the Association for Sustainable Forestry. Call 902.890.1414 or e-mail fiona@asforestry.com or click here to access more information on their website:

Hurricane Fiona Woodlot Assistance – Association for Sustainable Forestry – Forestry Nova Scotia (asforestry.com)

Fiona Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program

Monday, November 28, 2022

 For more information, please visit this link: https://novascotia.ca/programs/fiona-agricultural-disaster-assistance/

Farmers can apply for financial assistance to help cover extraordinary operational costs caused by Hurricane Fiona. The Fiona Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program provides a one-window financial response to help the agriculture industry recover from Hurricane Fiona.

The program provides financial assistance through provincial disaster financial assistance arrangements for small businesses, and any future federal and provincial assistance programs as they’re developed to provide additional support for damage and costs not covered by insurance.

The program’s one-window approach includes the Agricultural Response Program that was announced in October 2022.

Extraordinary damage and operational costs include:

  • equipment and infrastructure
  • crops and cropping
  • livestock and feeds
  • agricultural and debris clean-up
  • fuel and alternative power expenses


To be eligible, you must:

  • be at least 19 years old and actively farming
  • have an annual eligible gross commodity income of $10,000
  • demonstrate damage or loss which occurred during the Hurricane Fiona disaster between 23 and 24 September 2022
  • own or lease the damaged property
  • be able to provide a partnership/ownership agreement if requested
  • be able to provide tax return and additional information as required (for non-registered farms only)

Read the Program Guidelines (PDF) for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Program opening: 24 November 2022
Application deadline: 6 February 2023

How to apply

Complete the intake form and submit it to the Fiona Agriculture Disaster Solution team.

Once you complete the intake form, the case manager assigned to your file will contact you.

What can we expect for winter 2022-23? A summary from the National Agroclimate Risk Report (AAFC)

Monday, November 7, 2022

As we are heading into the winter months, I like to share some valuable information from the National Agroclimate Risk Report. The report is generated by Agriculture and Agriculture-Food Canada which provides timely information on the regional agroclimatic conditions, risks, and impacts across Canada.

The full report is available at: https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/agriculture-and-environment/drought-watch-and-agroclimate/national-agroclimate-risk-report.

This report (generated on November 1, 2022) provided updates on regional conditions for the past months across Canada, as well as some forecast information for the upcoming winter. Here is some key information related to Atlantic Canada.

Regional Conditions for the Atlantic region:

·       Abnormally warm temperatures and ideal conditions for harvest have been reported.

·       PEI potato harvest is more than 95 % complete. Most potato farmers are reporting average yields and good quality, however, warm temperatures are not ideal for storage.

·       Soybean harvest has begun with good yields being reported. Grain corn harvest is underway. Apple and grape harvest is near-complete.

·       Hurricane Fiona has resulted in damage to corn to the point that it cannot be harvested and apple and grape yields have also been reduced.

·       Structural damage and downed trees are making farming challenging in some areas. A major concern is getting structures sound before winter.

 Forecast for the Atlantic region:

·       The short-term forecast is for warm temperatures across Eastern Canada

·       The Environmental and Climate Change Canada forecast for November is for warmer than normal temperatures from Manitoba east through the Atlantic Region.

·       Drier than normal conditions are forecast for southern Ontario and Quebec and Atlantic Canada

·       The three-month forecast (November, December, and January) shows warmer than normal temperatures continuing across Eastern Canada



Hugh Lyu

Wild Blueberry Specialist, Perennia

2022 WBPANS AGM Agenda

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 Hi, everyone


We are fast approaching this year's AGM (Nov 17 and 18) and I like to share the agenda in advance so you can plan your days. Remember, the deadline to register for the meeting (available both in-person and virtually) is Nov 3! Please email: info@nswildblueberries.com or phone: 902-662-3306 to reserve your spot!


Soil temperatures update (for Kerb application) and WBPANS AGM

Monday, October 31, 2022

Hi everyone,

I updated the soil temperatures from weather stations located in different locations. We came to a point where most areas start to see soil temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius which brings a great opportunity to apply Kerb if needed. 

Soil temperatures will change during day and night times and from day to day still, but if you need to apply Kerb in any fescue-heavy fields, you should get ready for it. 

Kerb is recommended to be applied when the soil temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius and it is most effective if followed by rain in a day or two. Please watch our report on soil temperatures and weather forecasts to plan your application. 

Soil temperatures in some wild blueberry fields can be found at: http://www.novascotiawildblueberryblog.com/p/weather.html. 

Lastly, if you planning to attend the Annual Meeting of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia, the pre-registration deadline is November 3! Please email: info@nswildblueberries.com or phone: 902-662-3306 to reserve your spot! See you on Nov 17 and 18 in Truro, NS!


Oct 31, 2022