Now Available: Perennia's New Online Pest Guide Tool

Monday, April 15, 2024

We are excited to introduce Perennia’s online pest management guide tool. With this new tool, you will be able to access relevant and up-to-date information about pesticide options in an easy-to-use way. This interactive tool is searchable and will help you save time and improve decision making when selecting pest management products. Organized in tables, these guides can be printed and can be accessed in a way that works best for you.

Access the tool on our website where you will also find a tutorial video and how-to-use guide.

Tree fruit growers will benefit from new features, such as:

  • New columns specifying product re-entry intervals for hand thinning, maximum applications per season, and application interval
  • A new column called 'status' to report product registration changes
  • All conventional and organic products are listed by default so that biological products may be considered in conventional situations where appropriate
  • New ability to filter and search to quickly find answers to your questions
  • Feature to sort the table results based on categories of interest (REI, PHI, etc)
  • The cherry guides are now combined for sweet and sour cherries



Viticulture Webinars March 2024 - Recorded Videos and Presentations

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The series of viticulture webinars held in March 2024 can now be viewed on Perennia's YouTube channel, and copies of the PowerPoint Presentations can be accessed on the Perennia website.


Perennia's YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/@nsperennia


Recorded Video Links:

Grape Nutrition: Making Sense of Soil and Tissue Analyses (March 11, 2024)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlEDF772Jl0

Vineyard Weed Management (March 18, 2024)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D42U_8_YOpM

Early Season Vineyard Pest Management (March 25, 2024)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAOJU0hv_k


PowerPoint Presentations Pathway:

https://www.perennia.ca/ > Agriculture > Production Information > Fruit Crops > Grapes > Viticulture 2024 Webinar Presentations


AAFC Bud Hardiness Report 5 Season 2023-2024

Thursday, April 4, 2024

This is the 5th and final bud hardiness report of the 2023-2024 dormancy season, prepared by Jeff Franklin and Dr. Harrison Wright at AAFC.  You can find the information below. 



Perennia Website Pathway:
https://www.perennia.ca/ > Agriculture > Production Information > Fruit Crops > Grapes > AAFC Bud Hardiness

A New Growing Season Begins

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Last Saturday, March 9 we were fortunate to have great weather for the 2024 Grape Pruning Workshop.  Together, Dr. Kevin Ker, Perennia's Viticulture Consultant, and Steve Ells, President of GGANS, demonstrated different types of pruning methods for a variety of hybrid and vinifera cultivars.  Special focus was placed on learning how to deal with vineyard pruning challenges as a result of the Polar Vortex, for example, pruning for recovery and reestablishment of vines and training systems.  Thanks to everyone who attended to make this a successful event, and to Ellslea Farms Ltd. and Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards for hosting us.  We hope you took away some valuable information you can use in your vineyards.

Ellslea Farms Ltd.
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards
Dr. Kevin Ker, Perennia's Viticulture Consultant and Steve Ells, President of GGANS
tag teaming a pruning demo in a vinifera block.

Best of luck to everyone pruning, as a new growing season begins!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Perennia Viticulture Team.




AAFC Bud Hardiness Report 4 Season 2023-2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

This is the 4th bud hardiness report of the 2023-2024 season, prepared by Jeff Franklin and Dr. Harrison Wright at AAFC.  You can find the information below. 


Perennia Website Pathway:
https://www.perennia.ca/ > Agriculture > Production Information > Fruit Crops > Grapes > AAFC Bud Hardiness


Viticulture Events in March 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Grape Pruning Workshop


Saturday, March 9
9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Session One: Pruning Hybrids
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ellslea Farms Ltd. (925 Bains Rd, Canning, NS, B0P 1H0)

Session Two: Pruning Vinifera
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards (11143 Evangeline Trail, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R1)

Join Perennia and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia for a hands-on grape pruning workshop on Saturday, March 9!  At two sessions during the day, attendees will learn to prune hybrid cultivars (Session One) and vinifera cultivars (Session Two) and deal with the aftermath of the 2023 Polar Vortex. 

Please bring your own pruners, as this is a hands-on practical workshop. 
Lunch will not be provided. 

CEU's are available for this session. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday Webinar Series


Vineyard Nutrition 2024 - Soil and Tissue Sampling and Interpreting the Results for Nova Scotia
Monday, March 11, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Join Perennia’s Soil Specialist, Caitlin McCavour and Perennia’s Viticulture Consultant, Dr. Kevin Ker, on March 11 for a virtual session on vineyard nutrition.  Topics for this session include how to take proper soil samples and interpret the Nova Scotia soil test report, as well as how to interpret tissue sample results for Nova Scotia. Participants will have access to factsheets on general soil sampling and soil report interpretation and an updated version for petiole results to reflect Nova Scotia soils and target values applicable to Nova Scotia conditions.

CEU's are available for this session. 



Early Season Vineyard Weed Management 
Monday, March 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Join Perennia’s Berry Specialist, Sonny Murray and Perennia’s Viticulture Consultant, Dr. Kevin Ker, on March 11 for a virtual session on early season vineyard weed management. Topics for this session include reasons for good weed control, herbicide rate calculations, understanding herbicide labels, product choices and weed species controlled, optimum timing of herbicide use, dealing with new vineyard establishment, young vines and established vineyards (including interplanted vineyards). 

CEU's and Pesticide CEP's are available for this session.



Early Season Vineyard Pest Management
Monday, March 25, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Join Perennia’s Viticulture Consultant, Dr. Kevin Ker, on March 25 for a virtual session on early season vineyard pest management. Topics for this session include a review of early season pests when they are first active (identifying activity with vine growth stage) and timing of control along with product selection, and resistance management strategies. Product choices will include registered materials along with organically approved options. A summary chart of pest activity will be part of the presentation. 

CEU's and Pesticide CEP's are available for this session.




UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, February 13, 2024


Perennia Viticulture Events happening in March 

Stay tuned for details!!!

Lecture Series: The Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) 

Taking place weekly on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM (AST).  Please take note of the three lectures highlighted below.  Click on the link to view the full lecture series and how to join virtually:

CCOVI Lecture Series – Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (brocku.ca)

The Nova Scotia Grape and Wine Industry – After the Polar Vortex February 2023
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Kevin Ker, CCOVI Research Associate, Brock University

The Importance of Clean Plant Program for Grapevines
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Sudarsana Poojari, CCOVI Principal Scientist, Grapevine Virology

Understanding Vitis Vinifera Cold Hardiness in Ontario After a Decade
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Jim Willwerth, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University


Webinar Series: Agriculture Resiliency - Growing after a Challenging Year

Nutrient Uptake in Adverse Weather Conditions
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (AST)
For more information and to register, visit our website.

Pesticide Tank Mix: How to Get it Right
Thursday, February 15, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (AST)
For more information and to register, visit our website.

Practical Use of Weather Stations in Agricultural Production
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (AST)
For more information and to register, visit our website.

Cultural Practices to Improve Disease Control
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (AST)
For more information and to register, visit our website.


Nova Scotia Climate Smart Farming Forum

Register Here:  Nova Scotia Climate Smart Farming Forum – Perennia

February 29, 2024
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Best Western Glengarry, Truro

This one-day event will provide insights into current Nova Scotia climate change projections and what this will mean for NS farmers. Participants will delve into discussions about climate change adaptation, regenerative agricultural practices and technologies to enhance resilience, and discover program and funding opportunities to support adoption of climate-smart farming practices in Nova Scotia.

Pesticide Information Impacting Horticulture and Field Crops

March 5, 2024
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Virtual
Register now on our website.

During this annual session, crop specialists will discuss pesticide products that are being discontinued, announce new use patterns, and share new products that are registered. They will also discuss how to improve management with tips on integrated pest management. They cover all of this information to highlight important changes that growers should be aware of going into a new spray season. 

This webinar is a complement to the pesticide product guides that Perennia publishes each year for crops. The focal crops during the session are apples, wild blueberries, cranberries, vegetables, berries, cannabis, and field crops.

Pesticide Information Impacting Horticulture and Field Crops is NS Environment course T2417 and is worth 1.0 point in Pest Management. You must attend the entire session to receive points.




We're Rooting for You: Insights from the Field on Nematodes and Soil Health 

March 7, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Berwick Fire Hall, 300 Commercial Street, Berwick
Registration coming soon - SAVE THE DATE

Perennia specialists have completed a multi-year project in horticulture crops to better understand the presence of parasitic nematodes and to inform your management practices. Join us on Thursday, March 7, as we share the key project findings and hear from guest experts. Topics will include: 
  • Regional results about the primary plant parasitic nematode types and their distribution 
  • Efficacy of pre-plant and post-plant strategies, including cover crops and nematicides (focusing on orchard trials)
  • Insights into nematode population fluctuations observed throughout the growing season and tips for taking effective samples 
  • More on nematodes and soil health from guest experts 

Join us on March 7 at the Berwick Fire Hall for a free day of learning about integrated approaches to managing nematodes. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Agenda to be determined. Speakers will include Michelle Cortens (Tree Fruit Specialist, Perennia), Matthew Peill (Molecular Biologist, Perennia), Caitlin McCavour (Soil Specialist, Perennia), Dr. Tom Forge (Nematologist, AAFC), Dr. Aaron Mills (AAFC) and more.

Introducing Perennia's Online Pest Management Guides

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Virtual

Perennia has created an online pest guide to streamline your pesticide selection process and help you access information more easily.  Join us on March 26 as we show you how to maximize its usefulness to your farm.  Some of our 2024 updates include:
  • A mobile friendly format so you can access it in the field
  • Filters and searches to quickly find answers to your questions
  • Sort functions to target categories of interest (RIE, PHI, etc.)
  • Faster update times and more resources to help you
Join our presenter Michelle Cortens to learn how we can help you optimize your pest control options through this new tool.

AAFC Bud Hardiness Report 3 Season 2023-2024

Monday, January 29, 2024

This is the 3rd bud hardiness report of the 2023-2024 season, prepared by Jeff Franklin and Dr. Harrison Wright at AAFC.  You can find the information below. 
Perennia Website Pathway:
https://www.perennia.ca/ > Agriculture > Production Information > Fruit Crops > Grapes > AAFC Bud Hardiness

AAFC Bud Hardiness Report 2 Season 2023-2024

Friday, January 5, 2024

We would like to share with you the 2nd bud hardiness report of the 2023-2024 season, prepared by Jeff Franklin and Dr. Harrison Wright at AAFC.  You can find the information below. 
Perennia Website Pathway:
https://www.perennia.ca/ > Agriculture > Production Information > Fruit Crops > Grapes > AAFC Bud Hardiness