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.

Below the Surface: What else is your soil test report telling you? March 7, 2021

We all read soil reports, but what do some results like CEC and base saturation actually mean for your management practices? Join us to learn more about soils and how to use soil reports to their full extent in tree fruit. Our guest Caitlin McCavour is Perennia’s soil specialist who is ready to dig deep to support the tree fruit sector.

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.

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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