WBPANS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING November 18 & 19, 2021

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/




WBPANS TECHNICAL SESSIONS_ July 14 and July 21

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

 WBPANS will be hosting two on-line technical sessions in July via Zoom conferencing:

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm join us for a WBPANS Industry Update and discussion on a new herbicide scheduled for registration in the fall - Chikara (flazasulfuron) for fescue management.

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm join us for a presentation on Fruit Quality at Harvest with Dr. Travis Esau.

 

To register for these sessions please contact WBPANS office via email at info@nswildblueberries.com or by phone: 902-662-3306. 

Perennia's Annual General Meeting_ June 24 at 2 PM

Monday, June 14, 2021


 

Join us on Thursday, June 24 at 2:00 PM for Perennia's 2020/2021 Virtual Annual General Meeting! Registration is required. http://ow.ly/jjRW50F9NNZ

7th Monilinia Update for Nova Scotia, May 28, 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

 

This is our 7th Monilinia update for this year. This will be the last Monilinia update for 2021. I will continue to give updates about field conditions, management and events happening related to wild blueberry production.  

You should be starting to see symptoms in the field if there were infections in the past three weeks and you didn’t have blight spray or the timing of spraying was off. I observed Monilinia blight symptoms this week in several locations. Symptoms of Monilinia infection are the infected leaves turn brown starting at the base of the leaf where the stem is attached and the entire leaf becomes dark brown and collapses. The blossoms turn brown but are attached to the plant. You would see the disease is patchy in a field. Here are some photos I took this week to show what they look like and please take a look at your field and if you observe any symptoms or serious infection, please let me know (902-890-0472).













In most fields I visited and monitored, the bloom is ranging from 20-50%. It is the time to put out hives for pollination and also an ideal time to consider a first Botrytis application. When weather conditions are wet and warm, it can result in significant infections, particularly in the coastal area and fields that have regular fog and wet periods. 

I will give more updates throughout the summer! 


6th Monilinia Update for Nova Scotia, May 21, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

 

This is our 6th Monilinia update for this year. This will be a short update as the last two weeks’ weather has slowed things down.

We are fast approaching the end of the Monilinia season this year in most of the central part of NS. According to our last few infection periods schedule, if there are infections, you should be able to see some symptoms this weekend and early next week. In other later areas where fields have just reached the 40-50% F2 stage of development, plants are still susceptible to infection.

I will give a last update about Monilinia for 2021 season next Friday and I will move into Botrytis and other management updates after that.

The next update is on May 21st.