Two new discussion documents

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We've added two new factsheet/discussion documents on how growers might manage their production when field prices are low.  These two documents are certainly not going to solve everyone's problems but I'm hoping they might help growers form a management plan that works for them.

The first one is a way to approach resting fields that have been under performing and won't be profitable when the price is low.

Resting Wild Blueberry Fields

The second one talks about the basics, from my perspective, on how to optimize yield on your very good fields.

Managing Good Fields

I've outlined several concepts in both documents and not all of them will work on every farm, but I think many of them are worth consideration.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to talk through some ideas.

Also take a look at our wild blueberry resource page on the Perennia Website: http://www.perennia.ca/fieldservices/fruit-crops/wild-blueberries/


Beeline and other musings

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Well it appears we are in the dead of winter, I hope everyone is getting shoveled out ok.

I will be posting some discussion papers over the next week or so on how people might consider managing their farms in tight economic times. Each plan has to be based on your own situation.

If anyone wants to discuss options I can certainly be a sounding board for you.  My office number is 902-896-0277 and e-mail is pburgess@perennia.ca

I also wanted to let people know that our beeline has been launched again.  If you are looking for bees for pollination click on the link below and you will find a list of beekeepers willing to rent hive this year.  If any beekeeper wants to list their hives for rental, they can contact the Perennia office in Truro 902-896-0277 or get a hold of me.

Beeline page

The beeline is linked off of our Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture page on the Perennia Website.

ATTTA (take a peak and see what is new with Robyn and Cameron)

Hope to see many of you at the upcoming meetings in March and the twilight meetings in early June.

Peter B

WBPANS AGM, Friday and Saturday this week.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WBPANS AGM is this week in Truro @ the Glengarry.  I'm looking forward to speaking everyone again.

Also, I don't think I had forwarded on this link before, but there is a new Blueberry Diseases Guide from AAFC.  Blueberry Diseases Guide  This field guide pulls together much of what we know about the various diseases impacting wild blueberries.  The authors, Dr. Paul Hildebrand, W.E. Renderos and Rick Delbridge include great descriptions of the diseases as well as some exceptional photos. This is well worth checking out.

Application Technology Training Session on November 25th in Moncton

Thursday, September 29, 2016

In conjunction with the Canadian Weed Science Society, which is being held November 21-24 in Moncton, there is going to be a session on November 25th that focuses on the application of herbicides and pesticides in general for pesticide applicators.  This is a great opportunity for wild blueberry growers to learn from one of the leading Application Technology Professionals in the country.  For pesticide applicators from Nova Scotia this session will be worth 6 pesticide applicator re-certification points. Seating is limited so register early, see the information below.



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.