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Orchard Outlook

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Tangible, practical advice and information. Orchard Outlook is a podcast by Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. hosted by our Tree Fruit Specialist, Michelle Cortens. These insightful discussions can help any grower navigate commercial tree fruit production for sweet success. Perennia is a technical … read more

16 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

E3 S2. Bitter and Sweet Sides of Cider

December 16th, 2020


Today’s guest is going to filter through the horticultural information to give us a taste of growing fruit for hard cider. In this episode we’ll …

E2 S2. Confronting Climate

November 25th, 2020


Bernard came recommended for his research on climate resilience in food systems. He has heard from our local growers in Eastern Canada and is …

E1 S2. Rooting for Water Management

October 21st, 2020


Dr. Denise Neilsen understands root architecture and she uses that knowledge to help explain the precision management of water and nutrients. She explains the effect of drought stress and why the timing and frequency of …

Stop the Hop

July 22nd, 2020


Dr. Agnello joins us at a time when orchards full of tender young leaves are susceptible to damage by potato leafhopper. He brings an entomology lens …

Dealing with Diseases

June 24th, 2020


Dr. Peter explores the fuzzy fungi that cause powdery mildew and a slew of summer rots including black rot and bitter rot. Then shifting our focus from fungal diseases to bacterial, she explains how to curb the spread …

Microscopic Meddlers Part 2

May 6th, 2020


Tom shares insights from his research program that is focused on replant management for perennial fruit crops and the ecology and management of …

Microscopic Meddlers Part 1

April 29th, 2020


Keith describes why digging for facts is better than jumping to conclusions – because replant disease acts in concert with adverse soil properties. Learn how to modify the soil in a replant situation and have your …

Downloading Decisions

March 25th, 2020


Jon gets techy – in an approachable way – by explaining what tools are available to tree fruit growers. Make your smartphones smart by downloading …

Save a Watt

February 26th, 2020


Efficiency Nova Scotia folks share some powerful messages about energy efficiency including how you can save money and lower your operating costs.

Getting to the Core of Breeding

January 15th, 2020


Dr. Amritpal Singh is a research Scientist in tree fruit germplasm development, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and leads the apple and …

Digging into Drainage

December 18th, 2019


Scott  Anderson graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, specializing in Soil and Water Management. In the …

Winning at Weed Control

November 20th, 2019


Kristen Obeid is a recent recipient of the Excellence in Weed Science Extension Award from the Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS). She joins us to …

Fine-tuning Fertility

October 16th, 2019


Bernardita Sallato joins us to talk about the tools and techniques used to monitor plant nutrition. Whether plants can absorb available nutrition is …

Sensing Fruit Maturity

September 18th, 2019


Dr. John DeLong joins us to talk about how to measure fruit maturity at harvest using traditional and new methods. Thanks to postharvest …

Apple Maggot Birth Control

August 21st, 2019


Dr. Suzanne Blatt joins us to talk about apple maggot flies that lay their eggs in apple fruit. The maggots tunnel through apple flesh and can make a real mess that nobody wants to bite into.

Dr. Blatt is a research …

Don’t Play with Fire Blight

August 7th, 2019


In today’s episode, we talk about the bacteria Erwinia amylovora that creates a scorched appearance on infected apple trees, accurately termed fire …

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