RESOURCES

Nova Scotia Tree Fruit Resources


Pest Management Guides, Publications, and Factsheets

Jump over to the Tree Fruit page on the Perennia website where all of our publications are posted. 'Pest Management Guides' are published each year to summarize products and timings for insect and disease management of pome fruit, stone fruit, and organic apple production. Guides are also available for tree fruit weed management and thinning/growth regulation. Other publications and factsheets describe best management practices, economics, research, and production information.

Nova Scotia New Farmer Website

The information in the website is designed to help get you started. Learn about the support available from government departments, and browse a list of suppliers and agricultural organizations. As with any profession there’s always a need for continuous professional development and skills development. Browse the website for additional training and resources that you might find helpful as you continue to grow your operation.


Tree Fruit Videos

For more videos, visit the Tree Fruit playlist on our YouTube page or choose a specific video below.

Maryblyt Tutorial

In this tutorial Michelle Cortens explains how to input data into the Maryblyt model for blossom blight predictions. Maryblyt is a computer program for predicting infection events and symptom development for most phases of fire blight epidemics in apples and pears. It is the main model used in Nova Scotia hence the reason for this tutorial.


Tools in the toolbox for apple crop load management, March 26, 2021

Tree Fruit Specialist, Michelle Cortens, explains how chemical thinners work for apple blossom and fruitlet thinning. This session focused on the science and strategy of selecting thinners for certain weather conditions and crop stages. Visit the video on YouTube and access the video description to find timestamps that help you jump to specific sections of interest.


2020 Virtual Summer Tour

In 2020, the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association tour was presented virtually through a series of nine short videos. Buckle up and take a passenger side seat with your guide Michelle Cortens from Perennia. Topics will include rootstock trials, new plantings, apple replant disease, a grower panel discussion, fruitlet thinning, organic production, and entomology research. 



Orchard Tools App


Download the App for iPhone, iPod or iPad

This tool is focused on efficiency – helping you move away from the clipboard to input data digitally and analyze it quickly. And because it’s on a handheld device, one person can both measure and record. With Orchard Tools you can record the diameter of king fruitlets, diameter of each fruitlet, number of fruitlets in a cluster, percentage of red blush, and fruit diameter by size grade. Using your data, perform in-app analysis to review averages and graphs for immediate decision-making (Premium Feature). Export data with the flexibility to perform your own analysis using the raw data in other programs or decision-support tools (Premium Feature).

  • Tutorial: Core Concepts: Learn what you can do with the app, find out what features are custom for orchards, and how you can use the data.
  • Tutorial: An Introduction to Orchard Tools: Everything you need to know to get up and running with Orchard Tools. Get familiar with tools that are available on the home screen. Discover features like project options, and collection date options that let you change settings, make notes, perform quick analysis, and export data.
  • Tutorial: Getting Started - Fruit Diameter: Learn how easy it is to use the fruit diameter tool to record data and how it’s useful to track the fruit growth rate. Research has shown that fruit growth rate can help predict if fruit will drop or persist in response to a chemical thinner.



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