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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.

    E1 S3. Creepy weeds: Guest Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie

    E1 S3. Creepy weeds: Guest Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie

    Welcome to the start of season 3 of the Orchard Outlook podcast! On today’s episode, we’re germinating a wealth of information about troublesome weeds. Perennial weeds in particular are like the unwanted gift that keeps on giving, as their underground root systems proliferate. Today’s guest, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, helps us creep into weed biology to understand how to manage these prolific plants.

    Biography: Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie is an assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture at Cornell AgriTech. Her extension and research focus is on weed biology and management in specialty crops. She takes on understanding the life cycles of really pesky weeds!

    Show notes:

    Twitter @LynnSosnoskie

    Cornell: https://cals.cornell.edu/lynn-m-sosnoskie

    War Against Weeds guest episode with Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie “Building a Crop Rotation for Specialty Crops”: https://waragainstweeds.libsyn.com/building-a-crop-rotation-for-specialty-crops (or anywhere you get your podcasts)

    • 29 min
    E10 S2. Ghosts and Skeletons of Powdery Mildew

    E10 S2. Ghosts and Skeletons of Powdery Mildew

    Today’s episode of the Orchard Outlook podcast is all about the annoying and persistent disease powdery mildew, folks. It’s there flagging shoots and curling leaves leading to some ghostly-looking Honeycrisp and Cortland trees. Today’s guests Dr. Kerik Cox and graduate student David Strickland are like ghost busters researching management strategies for tree fruit diseases like powdery mildew to bust away those white and fuzzy symptoms.

    Guest: Dr. Kerik Cox is an associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section at Cornell AgriTech. To address pain points for growers, he wields his pathology expertise to focus on antimicrobial resistance and very applied disease management. In his extension appointment, he also focuses on pesticide education and disease forecasting.

    David Strickland is a Ph.D. candidate in Kerik’s program and his focus is apple powdery mildew. He’s investigating applied solutions for the management of this disease including field trials to explore efficacy and optimize fungicide applications and work on disease resistance.

    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

    • 41 min
    E9 S2. Loving Local Food

    E9 S2. Loving Local Food

    In today’s episode, we find out juicy information about local food. We check in with our guest Patrick Kelly about the buy local program, how local food is defined, in-store signage, and some pandemic response. Nova Scotians want to buy local and our guest explains how buy local promotion is helping customers identify and purchase local food products in retail stores.

    Guest: Patrick Kelly is the Buy Local Development Officer for Perennia and the NS Department of Agriculture. His work on the Buy Local marketing team has contributed to the development of effective marketing initiatives, aimed at creating a recognizable brand for Nova Scotians to feel confident in their decisions when purchasing high quality, locally grown and produced, Nova Scotia food and beverages.

    Show notes: A directory of food and beverage businesses in Nova Scotia: https://buylocal.novascotia.ca



    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

    • 12 min
    E8 S2. Don’t play with fire blight (ENCORE)

    E8 S2. Don’t play with fire blight (ENCORE)

    As I was driving to a farm this month, I listened to our very first episode from 2019 about fire blight. Not only is it our most popular episode but it’s also timely. So I’ve decided to release this episode to revisit my conversation with Dr. George Sundin. This episode is oozing with information about bacterial growth on flowers and in trees, misconceptions, trauma blight, and why antibiotics need to be timely.

    Guest: Dr. Sundin is a Professor of Plant Pathology and runs the Tree Fruit Pathology Lab at Michigan State University.  He performs extension and research in tree fruit disease control including management of fire blight, fungicide resistance, and the evaluation of new bactericides and fungicides.



    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

    • 26 min
    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

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