Season 2022: Weather update, starting bud burst and tissue sampling

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC Kentville, is without any doubts the best weather contributor bringing every week updates to understand how the growing season progresses and the comparison with previous years. Last week brought an important amount of rain and the temperatures decreased, which impacted vineyard activities. Despite that, the season has similarities with the previous one, 2021, in terms of phenological stages. Early Hybrids, such as Baco noir or Frontenac are starting bloom this week, depending on the area it might be possible to see this since the end of last week. While others, like Geisenheim or L’Acadie blanc are slightly behind and they might be starting at the end of this week or beginning of the next, again, it might depend on the area as well. On the other hand, vinifera varieties are still behind the hybrids, and they can start bloom at the end of next week or the beginning of the following one.

On-Farm Climate Action Fund for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador is Open

Monday, June 20, 2022

A new funding program will help farmers receive up to $75,000 in funding when adopting and implementing beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of::

  • Improved nitrogen management 
  • Cover cropping, and 
  • Rotational grazing 

The On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is part of the Government of Canada's Agricultural Climate Solutions, a multi-stream program to help farmers tackle climate change. Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. is implementing the fund to help farmers adopt these practices in Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Training for farmers and agronomists will also be offered over the two-year program, which ends in March 2024. 

 

For more information on the program or to apply please visit the website ofcaf.perennia.ca.  Deadline for the first intake of applications is July 31, 2022.  

Best Practices session 2

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Last week we had the session 2 of this season! At this time Jeff Wentzell from NSDA presented a Cost of Production Tool, Jeff Franklin from KRDC presented the weather information and linked it with the vineyard physiology and Francisco Diez presented the vineyard activities for the next couple of weeks. The session finished with a discussion between the panelist and Steve Ells, owner of Ellslea farm and president of GGANS, about his observations and management strategies in the vineyard.

Season 2022: Weather update, vineyard growth and protection

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

As every week, Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is bringing the weather update, with positive news in terms of temperature for the last week. Like previous weeks, plants are growing in a good rate, especially the ones with earlier bud burst and on locations with warmer conditions. Hybrids, such as Lucie Kuhlmann, Frontenac, Geisenheim or L’Acadie blanc have been growing steadily, currently in shoot thinning process and even tucking the shoots. Meanwhile vinifera varieties, the early ones are in shoot thinning process as well and others slightly behind depending on their location.

Season 2022: Weather update, shoot thinning and Best Practices session 2

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is bringing the weather update, which is quite positive to keep grapevine growth in a proper way. Currently, the plants are growing in a good rate, especially the ones with earlier bud burst and on locations with warmer conditions. Mentioned last week, grapevines like Lucie Kuhlmann and Frontenac have been growing steadily and are already in shoot thinning process and in some cases even starting to tuck. In the case of vinifera varieties, the early ones are in shoot thinning process as well.

Best Practices Session 2

Thursday, June 2, 2022

In the weekly climate updates, we have seen an increase of temperatures throughout May, this change has increased the plant growth and more action is coming to the vineyards. Shoot thinning, first spray applications, weed management, the first wire movement, etc. are coming in the next couple of weeks and it’s important to be at the top of the activities from the beginning. Moreover, it’s time for the Best Practices session 2!

Season 2022: Weather update, shoot growth and Weather Station Apps and Website Training Session recording

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is bringing the update from last week temperatures, which is quite positive as the last couple of weeks. At this time most grapevines have bud burst, depending on the locations and varieties the development can be slightly lower, for example in Pinot noir and Riesling. On the other hand, L'Acadie blanc and Frontenac have been growing steadily during the last couple of weeks with a good shoot development.

Season 2022: Weather update, bud burst and shoot growth and Grape production guide

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Thanks to Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville, we are bringing the weekly weather update. In this publication you can see the degree days accumulation in the air, average daily air temperature and average daily soil temperature. Like last week, the temperatures have positively triggered bud burst in the earliest varieties and many others have followed the trend.

Best Practices session 1 ready to watch

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

At the beginning of May, we had the Best Practices session 1. At this first event, Dr Harrison Wright from KRDC summarized the bud hardiness results and explained their observations along the winter. Like the previous years, one of our best contributors, Jeff Franklin from KRDC, presented the weather information and linked it with the vineyard physiology. The session finished with a discussion between the panelist and Steve Ells, owner of Ellslea farm and president of GGANS, about the first activities in the vineyard.

Season 2022: Weather update, beginning of bud burst and sprayer calibration

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is bringing the weekly weather update. Like last week, in this publication you can see the degree days accumulation in the air. The main difference this time is that the temperatures have increased, and triggered bud burst in the earliest varieties.


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