Events and Resources - March 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021

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Upcoming Local Events
Tree fruit webinar: Tools for crop load management
NSFGA Spring workshop
Product registration changes impacting horticulture: Q&A with Perennia Specialists

Upcoming Local Events


Tools in the toolbox for apple crop load management

When: Friday, March 26th, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM AST

Join Tree Fruit Specialist, Michelle Cortens, for a winter webinar on how chemical thinners work for blossom and fruitlet thinning. This session will focus on the science and strategy of selecting thinners for certain weather conditions and crop stages. (A session will follow in spring with a focus on local recommendations and research.)

Learn about the Orchard Tools App for iOS

When: Friday, March 26th, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM AST

At Perennia, we've been up to some innovation. Now is the time to show you our cool and handy app for iOS that is gaining traction in the tree fruit world and beyond. The Orchard Tools app will make fruit growth rate measurements accessible to more folks and improve the confidence of your thinning decisions. Let Michelle Cortens show you how. And not limited to thinning, this app is flexible for many other measurements. Everyone is welcome to join from far and wide - even if you're just curious!

Please register for the Tree Fruit Webinar on our website. Join us at the scheduled time for either or both parts of the session using a single registration.


When: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM AST

This coming growing season, significant changes are coming to the allowable uses of Captan. For the spring workshop, join us virtually as we hear from a panel of grower, consultant, and pathology perspectives. Cassian Ferlatte will be the moderator and David power, Larry Lutz, and Lisa Jenereaux will be your grower panelists, joined by Steve McDow, Erika Bent, and Paul Hildebrand. All will be available for questions. 

Hear their input and exchange of ideas to get everyone thinking about how to protect apples from fungal diseases in 2021. Kicking off the conversation is the critical question, “What do you see as the biggest challenge the new Captan label presents in high density and low-density orchards respectively for the upcoming growing season? How do you plan to overcome them?” Your questions will be welcome as we explore this pressing issue together. 

The Zoom link will be sent to all NSFGA members. Contact Candy O'Connor at NSFGA if you are not on the membership but wish to participate.


When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM AST

Changes are coming. Several pesticide products will be cancelled, or labels will be updated to include amendments to use patterns. The product changes come after the re-evaluation decisions by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) – the regulatory body that assesses the acceptability of risks according to current standards.

Join us to learn updates from our seven Perennia specialists who are here to support you in the horticulture sector. This webinar will be interactive – something that we miss by seeing you all in person! That’s why we are dedicating an entire question-and-answer period to you. In this conversational style webinar, we’ll answer frequently asked questions and live questions that you submit.

The focal crops during the session are apples, wild blueberries, cranberries, vegetables, viticulture, berries, and cannabis.

SPEAKER INFORMATION: It’s like a tailgate meeting with our horticulture team! Featuring Caitlin Congdon, Francisco Diez, Sajid Rehman, Hugh Lyu, Sonny Murray, Talia Plaskett, and Michelle Cortens. Questions are moderated by Jennifer Haverstock.

New Resources


The longstanding pruning publication for Atlantic Canada has been significantly revised to reflect current practices and to build on the resource originally created by A.D. Crowe, W. E. Craig, and C.G. Embree. New photos were added to demonstrate principles and practices. Find the updated resource on the Perennia website.


The third and final issue in the 'Safe 4 Market' series is now available. Perennia's Quality and Food Safety Team created the resources as guides for primary producers, processors, and storage facilities. Part I covers the importance of food safety, food safety hazards and the basics of prerequisite programs. Part II takes a more in-depth look at the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations. Part III explains answers to frequently asked questions regarding quality and food safety topics such as crisis management, how to become third-party certified, and developing an environmental monitoring program.


The limestone trucking assistance program opened on February 1, 2021 with an application deadline of September 1, 2021. The claim deadline is December 31, 2021. The limestone trucking assistance program aims to help Nova Scotia farms defray the cost of trucking limestone to give equal opportunity in neutralizing the acidity of the soil on agricultural land and improve production efficiencies. More details are available on the NSDA website.


One-day pesticide exam preparation courses will be offered at several sites pending demand. All categories will be covered. contact Jim Jotcham ASAP to request a location near you or to reserve a seat ( or 902-538-7101 ). This is an in-person face-to-face event. Covid rules (masks, spacing, etc.) will apply. Seating is limited. 5.0 points will be available (T-1901) for certified applicators who did not attend the 2020 Nov/Dec courses. For the points (5 hours, 8:45-3:15 or so), the price is a flat $100, taxes included. For the full course, the price is $115, taxes included. A manual is provided. Lunch & breaks on your own. A course is NOT required before writing the NS Environment exam, but this course is usually helpful. Contact NS Environment to register for the exam (the exam schedule is on their website).

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