Leaf rust

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ever wonder what that yellow stuff on your harvester head is?

When you are pick a field late in the season, the leaf rust on your crop field, comes off the plant.  I saw this in a field that was being picked last week.  Yields were still very good, but leaves were starting to drop.

SWD Update - August 26th

Friday, August 26, 2016

I've gotten some reports from some others trapping SWD around the province.

There have been some sporadic single captures of males over the last two weeks.  Most of the captures have been found in the earlier harvest areas of Parrsboro.  Many of the captures we have seen over the last couple of weeks are on field borders and in the woods.  This is consistent with what we have seen in the past.

One field, in the Parrsboro area, did have 3 male captures this week in a crop trap.  (the trap was placed out in the field).  At this point, this is an isolated field.

So, we are still not seeing widespread captures but localized captures in several areas.  The numbers are still low and to date we do not have confirmed larvae in the fruit in any area.

If you have a field that is still two weeks away from harvest, I would strongly encourage you to monitor for SWD. Here is the factsheet on monitoring - SWD monitoring

At this point, there is no need to consider spraying a field that will be harvested within the next 5-6 days.

Just a reminder of what is registered if you do need to spray in the next couple of weeks.  Products for SWD

Remember to contact your buyer, if you do spray, to see what is allowable for their markets and pay close attention to pre-harvest intervals.

I will update early next week.

SWD update

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

As many might know, we found a single male SWD in a trap last week in Central NS.

We have checked all our traps this week and have not found any this week. This is a similar pattern to previous years.  This means SWD pressure is low in Northern NS and infection risk is very low.

It would still be prudent to monitor on late harvest fields.

NS Woods Travel Ban Update

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just an update from Janet and Peter at the WBPANS office

"As you are probably aware, the travel ban in Nova Scotia woods has been lifted.  There is no further need to report harvesting activities to WBPANS office.  Thank you for your cooperation.   Good luck during the harvest." 

SWD Update

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We are continuing to monitor for SWD as we move through the harvest season.  The Annapolis valley and western Nova Scotia have had positive captures (low levels) in field borders and in hedge rows for the last couple of weeks.

Yesterday, we had our first positive capture in Central NS in a hedgerow.  We found 1 male fly, in one of our traps. The trap is not in a wild blueberry field.  This capture is expected based on what we have seen in previous years.  We expect to see sporadic, low level captures over the next couple of weeks. Historically, we have not seen SWD populations increase rapidly until we get into September, and based on what we are seeing, this is what we are expecting this year, for central and Northern NS.  Growers with later harvest fields should consider monitoring those later fields.

At this point, there is no reason to consider treating any field for SWD.

New Website and SWD update

Friday, August 12, 2016

Just wanted to let everyone know we have been monitoring for SWD in Central NS and as of yet, have not had a positive capture.  It is always a good idea to monitor on your own land,  here is a link to a factsheet on how to do that.

Monitoring for swd

Also, I wanted to let everyone know Perennia has updated our webpage www.perennia.ca

It has a brand new look and we hope it will be easier to move around on it and find the information you need.

There is also a new Wild blueberry page that has links to this blog, my twitter feed, our factsheets, pest guides and videos Perennia wild blueberry homepage

Restricted access to travel on Forest lands - notice from WBPANS

Important Notice to All Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Producers and Custom Harvest Operators, Please Share This Notice Widely With Producers Who May Not Be On Our Email List.

The Nova Scotia Government, through the Department of Natural Resources, has restricted access to woodlands and backcountry areas due to the current extreme forest fire hazard index, with numerous wildfires currently burning out of control in the province.

With wild blueberry harvesting operations now underway in southwest Nova and expected to begin next week in central areas, DNR has issued a single travel permit to WBPANS for our members to “travel on forest lands for the purpose of commercial harvesting of blueberries and activities associated with management of blueberry production”.

Several conditions apply:

1. Harvest operations must have basic fire suppression equipment on site at all times. Equipment to
include at least one shovel, bucket and a minimum of 5 gallons of water.
2. No fires, including no smoking.
3. The association maintain a list of current harvest operations and locations that can be made available
to DNR if required.

These conditions apply to hand raking  and machine harvesting crews.

To comply with requirement #3, above, the WBPANS office will be keeping a daily log of wild blueberry harvesting operations while the emergency travel restriction order is in force. To help us keep this log up to date, we need you to notify the office of where you are harvesting and update it when you move to a new location. A simple email to peter@nswildblueberries.com  is the best way to do this. For example: “XYZ Wild Blueberries, harvesting until further notice on Base Line Rd, Folly Mountain, west of the Bailey bridge near civic address #____”  The log will not be shared or publicized in any way except on request by DNR as a condition of our permit.

Thank you for your co-operation.