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.


Seasonal update 2022: warm days, berry development and fungal disease management

Thursday, August 4, 2022

As in the case of a couple of weeks ago, we’re experiencing a heat wave these days. Without precipitations our soils don’t have the same moisture conditions compared a couple of months ago. It’ll be expected to see the plants a little limp, the tips starting to dry and, in some cases, where the clusters are exposed to the sun, they’ll show some symptoms as well. It’s important to keep calm, scout the vineyard and check the areas with new vines or new plantations, as these will have a less developed root system and might require some water depending on the local conditions. According to the weather forecast, next week we will receive precipitations, which will help to refill the soil profile and allow the plants to recover their turgidity through that week.

Season 2022: Weather update, berry development and fungal disease management

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC at KRDC, is bringing the weather update in terms of temperature after the heat wave. The last couple of days have been with an unusual heat wave, which can increase the vineyard growth rate and make some vineyard activities difficult. Even though the conditions have been warm, fungal disease management is something to keep in mind at all times.

Vineyard and Winery Labour Survey from WGNS and GGANS

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Dear industry,

The Wine Growers of Nova Scotia and the Grape Growers of Nova Scotia are working on a pilot project to identify and quantify the impact of labour issues on the grape and wine industries. Perennia is supporting them in implementing the project with funding support from the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. 

The first component is an online survey.  We are asking all wineries and vineyards to please have only one representative from the business complete the survey.  It should take about 10 minutes.

If you can find that time in your busy schedules to complete by August 1, 2022 that would be very much appreciated. 

SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SR9ZW2L

Answers are completely confidential. Data shared at any time will be aggregate only.

The second component will be small focus groups that you will hear more about shortly.

Thank you so much for your attention to this important matter!

2022-2023 Nova Scotia Invasives & Other pests

Monday, July 25, 2022

Dr. Deb Moreau, Jess Barkes, and Deb Oxby from AAFC at Kentville, are providing us and update of Nova Scotia in commercial vineyards.

Where can I see it? Please, look at the following link to find more information 2022-2023 Nova Scotia Invasives & other pests or the following hyperlink https://www.perennia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AAFC-Pest-Note-to-Growers_July2022.pdf

Moreover, if you want to see more AAFC publications, please check: https://www.perennia.ca/> Production Information> Grapes> PERENNIA PUBLICATION AND FACT SHEETS> AAFC UPDATES. There you’ll find articles provided by AAFC in 2022 and 2021.

Additionally, if you scroll until the bottom, you’ll find the tab AAFC BUD HARDINESS. There you’ll find all the reports from the seasons 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Season 2022: Weather update, cluster growing, downy mildew pressure and Best Practices recording

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC Kentville, is bringing the weather update in terms of temperature. The first half of the month already passed and brought an important amount of precipitation and heat units. Bloom already finished in most of the vineyards, but there can always be some places with exception. Earliest hybrids, always depending where in the province are located the vineyards, are almost have reached almost pepper-corn side berries. On the other hand, vinifera varieties, which are usually behind the hybrids, are at different stages depending on the variety and location.

Downy Mildew management tips

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The last couple of weeks the vineyards have received an important amount of precipitation, have been exposed to high humidity levels and warm conditions, including through the night. These conditions are ideal for the proliferation of Downy Mildew through the vineyard, keeping in mind that some varieties will be more susceptible than others. Symptoms may appear within 4-6 days in favourable conditions (optimum temperature is 18 – 25⁰ Celsius). Therefore, it’s necessary to scout the vineyard frequently these days, ideally at least 3 times per week, and keep a fungicide rotation to avoid developing resistance.


Season 2022: Weather update, last part of bloom, tissue sampling and Best Practices

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Jeff Franklin, from AAFC Kentville, is bringing the weather update in terms of temperature. The last couple of weeks we have mentioned the important amount of rain accumulated and July is already welcoming us with some rain. Generally speaking, the hybrids, always depending where in the province are located the vineyards, are almost done with bloom, with only a couple of exceptions are finishing the process. On the other hand, vinifera varieties, which are usually behind the hybrids, are still in progress and the latest varieties are blooming these days.

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