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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 development agency based in Nova Scotia, Canada with the mission to help farmers, fishers and food processors be more prosperous and profitable.

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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 development agency based in Nova Scotia, Canada with the mission to help farmers, fishers and food processors be more prosperous and profitable.

    E7 S2. Welcoming Weather Stations

    E7 S2. Welcoming Weather Stations

    In this episode, I forecast that you’ll learn a lot about weather stations. Their components. How to site them for reliable results. Installing and maintaining them. I sense a clear conversation about collecting weather information with our guest, Jonathan Buffet.

    Guest: Jonathan Buffett is the founder and manager of the Cape Breton Mesonet, a network of community-owned and operated weather stations in Cape Breton and the eastern mainland. Jonathan also works as a Meteorological Inspector for Environment and Climate Change Canada by day. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, he is extremely passionate about our local climate, focusing mainly on data collection at the mesoscale/micro-climate level.

    Show notes:

    Cape Breton Mesonet: www.capebretonweather.ca

    In this podcast, Perennia representatives mention the Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station but it is neither an endorsement of the technology nor a suggestion that similar technologies are ineffective.



    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 29 min
    E6 S2. Part 2 Still Speaking of Sprayers

    E6 S2. Part 2 Still Speaking of Sprayers

    This episode is Part 2 of 2 on effective and efficient spraying. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 you should give it a go first. In Part 2 now, the stories about spraying continue, with our guest Dr. Jason Deveau. He will answer confusing questions about spray concentration and then explain crop-adapted spraying.

    Guest: Dr. Jason Deveau is the application technology specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, or he is more commonly known as spray guy. Jason has literally written the book on airblast spraying and he joins us after recently publishing the second edition with colleagues.

    Show notes:

    Airblast 101 book: https://sprayers101.com/airblast101/

    Sprayers 101 website: https://sprayers101.com

    Micron woman comic book: https://sprayers101.com/micronwoman/

    Exploding sprayer myths videos: https://sprayers101.com/articles/multimedia/myths/

    Snapcard app: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/grains/snapcard-spray-app



    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 30 min
    E5 S2. Part 1 Speaking of Sprayers

    E5 S2. Part 1 Speaking of Sprayers

    In episode Part 1 of 2, our guest Dr. Jason Deveau blasts through common questions about spraying. Don’t let your thoughts drift through the air as we cover goodies like pesticide labels, leaf area coverage, product concentration, and the practicality of making adjustments. We certainly won’t drench you with information. We’ve got our eye on the target, and that’s effective and efficient spraying.

    Guest: Dr. Jason Deveau is the application technology specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, or he is more commonly known as spray guy. Jason has literally written the book on airblast spraying and he joins us after recently publishing the second edition with colleagues.

    Show notes:

    Airblast 101 book: https://sprayers101.com/airblast101/

    Sprayers 101 website: https://sprayers101.com

    Micron woman comic book: https://sprayers101.com/micronwoman/

    Exploding sprayer myths videos: https://sprayers101.com/articles/multimedia/myths/

    Snapcard app: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/grains/snapcard-spray-app



    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 37 min
    E4 S2. Don’t sneeze at blossom thinning

    E4 S2. Don’t sneeze at blossom thinning

    There is a real science to disrupting fertilization to keep early flowers and remove late flowers. Yes, the timing is uncomfortable, and the results can be inconsistent, so we’ll explore one way to improve our confidence with this process – the pollen tube growth model (PTGM).

    Guest: Michael Basedow is the Tree Fruit Specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and part of a regional program called the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. Michael was recently featured in an article for his work on trialing a decision-support tool for blossom thinning.

    Show notes:

    Article by The Good Fruit Grower “Thinning decisions by the numbers”: https://www.goodfruit.com/thinning-decisions-by-the-numbers/

    Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA): http://newa.cornell.edu



    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 22 min
    E3 S2. Bitter and Sweet Sides of Cider

    E3 S2. Bitter and Sweet Sides of Cider

    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 focus on the production challenges and economics of growing specialized cider varieties. The information might be refreshing or sobering!

    Guest: Dr. Gregory Peck is an assistant professor of horticulture at Cornell University in the School of Integrative Plant Science. A common thread across his research is to facilitate economic sustainability in the tree fruit industry. He was awarded Grower Advocate of the year in 2018 by the American Cider Association.

    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 31 min
    E2 S2. Confronting Climate

    E2 S2. Confronting Climate

    Bernard came recommended for his research on climate resilience in food systems. He has heard from our local growers in Eastern Canada and is interested in grower-led solutions. Prepare to value your local knowledge and learn what you have to offer in climate discussions.

    Guest: Bernard Soubry is a writer, a researcher, and a hiatused farming apprentice torn between Oxford, UK, and Eastern Canada. His current research focuses on how food systems can adapt to climate change.

    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

    Connect with us on: Instagram: @nsperennia Facebook: @nsperennia

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 22 min

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