15 episodes

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.

Orchard Outlook Orchard Outlook

    • Natural Sciences
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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.

    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
    E1 S2. Rooting for Water Management

    E1 S2. Rooting for Water Management

    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 irrigation matters.

    Guest: Dr. Denise Neilsen is a retired Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Summerland, British Columbia. She was the co-recipient of the IFTA Research Award in 2014 and the distinguished Carlson Lecturer.

    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

    • 33 min
    Stop the Hop

    Stop the Hop

    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 to the issue and isn’t fooled by hopperburn.

    Guest: Dr. Arthur Agnello is the Tree Fruit Extension Entomologist at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York – and you might recognize him as the editor of the Scaffolds newsletter. His interest in insects led him to his longstanding role in research and extension.

    Website: www.perennia.ca

    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

    • 13 min
    Dealing with Diseases

    Dealing with Diseases

    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 of a tumour-like growth known as crown gall and infamous fire blight infections.

    Dr. Kari Peter is an Associate Research Professor of Tree Fruit Pathology who loves to help with a burning question about tree fruit diseases! She is located at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

    • 32 min
    Microscopic Meddlers Part 2

    Microscopic Meddlers Part 2

    Tom shares insights from his research program that is focused on replant management for perennial fruit crops and the ecology and management of plant-parasitic nematodes. Tom explains exactly who is taking microscopic munches out of your root systems and feeding on productivity.

    Dr. Tom Forge is a research soil ecologist and nematologist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, at the Summerland Research and Development Centre. He’s captivated by the diversity of micro-animals in the soil – especially nematodes that are economically important plant parasites.

    • 36 min
    Microscopic Meddlers Part 1

    Microscopic Meddlers Part 1

    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 questions answered about soil fumigation.

    Keith Fuller is a soil research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based out of Nova Scotia. He is a familiar face in our local apple industry, fascinated with soil, and currently involved in a project on replant disease.

    • 20 min

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