Perennia online webinar: Growing Degree Days (GDD) Development Trends – A deep dive into the Nova Scotia wild blueberry sector

Thursday, March 16, 2023

 Session details and registration link:

Climate Services Specialist, Government of Nova Scotia/ CLIMAtlantic Inc., Alex Cadel, shares his findings on the development trends of the growing season over the last 150 years and climate projections in Nova Scotia. He will use the example from the wild blueberry growing degree days model to demonstrate the influence of climate change on wild blueberry development during growing seasons. While this webinar focuses on wild blueberries, all other sectors’ growers are welcome if you are interested in learning about how climate change affects agriculture sectors and what to expect for our future growing seasons in Nova Scotia.  

New resource published: Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Crop Development Schedule and Management Recommendations

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

 Hello, everyone 


Please find our latest wild blueberry crop guide under this link:

This guide (updated in February 2023) shows when key wild blueberry growth stages will occur under the calendar months. I also included the most up-to-date growing degree days (GDDs) for those critical stages. Please note, GDD research for wild blueberry plant growth stages is ongoing and we will provide updates on those GDD numbers each year when more data are collected during growing seasons. 

I also listed the best management practices for wild blueberry production in Nova Scotia. We encourage growers to monitor fields and make decisions on a field-by-field basis. Growers outside of Nova Scotia, please consult your local specialist to verify that information before implementing. 

If you have any questions about using this guide, please don't hesitate to contact Perennia's Wild Blueberry Specialist:

Hugh Lyu, hlyu@perennia. 




Lowbush Wild Blueberry Sessions from Truro Agromart (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

 *Pesticide Recertification Points pending*

Register here: 

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 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 or click here to access more information on their website:

Hurricane Fiona Woodlot Assistance – Association for Sustainable Forestry – Forestry Nova Scotia (

Fiona Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program

Monday, November 28, 2022

 For more information, please visit this link:

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.