Getting rid of unwanted pesticides

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications at a designated collection site from November 5 – 16, 2018.

Click on the link below to see locations and to review eligibility and acceptability of your product

http://cleanfarms.ca/programs/obsolete-pesticide-livestock-medication/when-where/nova-scotia/

Fall update and reminders

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It's been quite a few years since we've seen this, but two fairly significant frosts in September, might make mowing a little easier come October.  It has been an unusual growing season to be sure. 

Even though we are have some cool evenings it is still 5 plus weeks before it's a good time to apply Kerb.  I mention this, because there are a lot of fields that will need Kerb to control the fescue.  Realizing cash flow is really tight, but if you have high yielding fields that have a fescue problem, it is something to consider.

A few other reminders:

Late sign-up for AgriStability (deadline is September 30th). If you haven't already signed up, follow the link and see if it is right for your farm. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1534338325422

Also the deadline for The Wild Blueberry Harvester Efficiency Program is October 31st. Follow the link https://novascotia.ca/programs/wild-blueberry-harvest-efficiency/ to see if this program makes sense for your farm.


End of July Reminders

Monday, July 23, 2018

It looks like many sprout fields are starting to get a little height.  Tip die back has started so we aren't going to get a whole lot more height.  Consideration should be given to keeping the leaves on the plant as long as you can into the fall.  A leaf rust spray applied soon will help do that, and allow for better fruit bud formation.

We are seeing blueberry maggot adults appear in fields.   Controls should be applied if you are catching adults and plan to harvest that field.  Go to the pest management guide for allowable products http://www.perennia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Wild-Blueberry-Pest-Guide-2018.pdf.

Remember - check with your buyer to see which products are allowable for their markets.

Field Day Coming Up!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Just a reminder the Maritime Wild Blueberry Field Day is coming up on Thursday, July 12th at Sargent's Receiving station in Parrsboro. (1480 Smith Hollow Rd. Parrsboro)  9:00 - 4:00 pm.

Also a reminder about Blueberry Maggot!!

Given the last few weeks it can be easy to forget about a few things.  We are starting to creep up on blueberry maggot season.  There is still a lot of ground that is going to be picked this year.  Putting out yellow sticky traps to monitor for the emerging adults is going to be important.  You can can get traps at the WBPANS office in Debert (902-662-3306)

We are a little behind last year, from a heat standpoint, but given the forecast it is likely we will catch-up over the next week or so.


New Weather Station Linked to Ag Weather Atlantic

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Working with AAFC and Ag Weather Atlantic ( http://atl.agrometeo.org/index.php/weather/local ) we were able to set up a new weather station in the West Brook area of Cumberland county.  This links into the Ag Weather Atlantic Network. Check out the link above and explore the site.

Weather is always a big variable for farmers (that point was brought home to us this June).  If funding can be secured to continue Ag Weather Atlantic, we will begin integrating models specific to the wild blueberry production system that will help growers time applications and help growers get a better understanding of how the weather is impacting their wild blueberry crop.

Also, Perennia has just updated it's website. www.perennia.ca - If you look under Agriculture and Commodity Information you will find the Wild Blueberry page.  The page is much cleaner and easier to find what you are looking for.  Explore the whole site and see what Perennia is doing across the industry. 


Update from NS Crop and Livestock Commission

Monday, June 18, 2018


A note from NS Crop & Livestock Insurance regarding frost damage:
Any blueberry growers participating in crop insurance who believe their crops were impacted or may be impacted by recent frost events (or damage from any other insured perils) must provide a notice of damage to the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission. Notices can be mailed (P.O. Box 1092, Truro, N.S. B2N 5G9), faxed (902-895-4622) phoned (902-893-6370 or 1 800 565 6371) or emailed (nsclic@novascotia.ca) to the Commission offices.

Sincerely, 
Bill MacLeod, P.Ag.
CEO
Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission
P.O. Box 1092, Truro, N.S. B2N 2P2

Crop Development and Damage

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It has been an eye opening week and a half.  We are seeing unprecedented damage across the province, with small pockets that appear to have had less impacts from the freeze.  Over the next week or so it will start to become evident the full impact of the damage. What was thought to be pollinated fruit will start to fall or turn purple and it won't swell, if it was damaged.

Some flowers haven't moved since the freeze and will not develop further.

David Percival and I pulled together a factsheet yesterday outlining some potential strategies that are being discussed.  If you are considering any of these strategies, read this document carefully and understand the risks and implications.