Seasonal update 2022: GDD, ripening, harvest and storm preparation

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is sharing with us the weather information with positive values of growing degree, but not as high as the previous weeks. Hybrids have already started harvest; these grapes reached the values required by the wineries and decided to start picking for specific wines. Just remember, it’s always important to reach out the wineries to know which are the grape ripening requirements and when would be the best time to harvest the grapes.


Seasonal update 2022: GDD, veraison is done, grape sampling and starting harvest!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is sharing with us weather information with positive values of growing degree values like last week. Veraison is almost done in the latest Vitis vinifera varieties, such as Pinot noir and Riesling. Even though these last varieties are reaching this phenological stage, in some cases hybrids are starting to be harvested for specific wine styles. Just remember, it’s always important to reach the wineries to know which are the grape ripening requirements and when would be the best time to harvest the grapes.


Seasonal update 2022: GDD, veraison is almost done, vineyard protection and grape sampling

Thursday, September 8, 2022

This week, Jeff Franklin from AAFC Kentville is sharing with us weather information with quite positive values of growing degree values. Veraison started since the middle of August in the earliest hybrids and currently it’s possible to see many vineyards with grapes changing colors and ripening. With the grapes already ripening it’s important to remind to protect the fruit zone to diminish the damage by nature.


Best Practices 4 recording available and Nova Scotia Sonic Device Policy - Wildlife Deterrent

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Last Thursday September 1 evening, the Best Practices session 4 was held, and it’s currently available on YouTube channel of Perennia and the direct link in this publication. Moreover, in this last event the sonic devices in the vineyard were discussed, and you can find in this publication all the information related to the Sonic Device Policy.

Seasonal update 2022: veraison, tissue sampling, vineyard protection and Best Practices

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Veraison is moving forward throughout the province, with the earliest hybrids starting a couple of weeks ago and now moving to the earliest Vitis vinifera varieties. With the beginning of veraison, grapes will start to change color, soften, accumulate sugar, decrease acids and other activities are moving along. Tissue sampling for nutritional purposes is one of them, start the protection of the vineyard with nets, kites and fences, and preparing to grape sampling to monitor the fruit ripening.

Best Practices Session 4

Monday, August 29, 2022

Already many grapes started veraison and others are going towards this stage, it’s a good time to collect tissue samples for nutritional purposes and start preparing netting to protect the crop. Moreover, it’s time for the next Best practices session!

Seasonal update 2022: veraison, tissue sampling and fungal disease management

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

At the beginning of last week, the earliest hybrid grapes started to change their consistency and color, berries are becoming softer and reddish and yellowish tonalities are everywhere, in other words veraison is here! On the other hand, as commonly happens, Vitis vinifera varieties are slightly behind and the first changes might start at the end of this week or beginning of the next one depending on the local conditions. Moreover, this is the proper time to take tissue samples for nutritional analysis and to see if it’s necessary to supply in case of lacking or missing some nutrients. Even though this will sound repetitive for our growers and the loyal Nova Scotia Grape Blog readers, it’s important to keep an eye in the fungal diseases, especially Downy Mildew, and not to forget the applications against Botrytis.


Seasonal update 2022: GDD, veraison is starting, preparing for tissue sampling and fungal disease management

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC Kentville, is sharing with us this week weather information with increasing growing degree values. Precipitations have helped to refill the soil profile, grapevines are showing a positive development, grapes are still growing and, in some cases showing the first signs of veraison. In specific cases it’s possible to observe vines with sun burn from previous weeks, which is minimum and nothing to compromise this year’s production.

The Dirt on Cover Crops Field Day!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Please join Horticulture Nova Scotia and Perennia Food and Agriculture for a morning of cover crops! Seeding methods, the effects of residual herbicides on cover crop establishment, cover crop species conversations, equipment show-and-tell, management strategies, and more!

Tuesday, August 23, 9:00 – 12:30 

Brooklyn Corner, NS.  

Please register, and the field location will be sent out in advance of the day.  https://www.perennia.ca/eventer/the-dirt-on-cover-crops/edate/2022-08-23/

 Pesticide points and CCA points will be available


Seasonal update 2022: GDD, precipitation, berry development and fungal disease management

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC Kentville, is sharing with us this week weather information after a second heat wave. Last week brought an important amount of heat units, in some cases it was possible to see the vines lightly limp and nothing of precipitation at all. At the beginning of this week the situation has changed, precipitations re-filled the soil profile to continue with the proper berry development.


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