30 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.

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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 S4. From Windstorms to Windbreaks: Guest Jenny Liu

    E1 S4. From Windstorms to Windbreaks: Guest Jenny Liu

    On this episode of the Orchard Outlook podcast we’re taking shelter from the wind. I’ve witnessed some impressive windstorms since I moved to Nova Scotia. Whether it’s a nor’easter, post-tropical storm, or just your typical gusts and gales. Our guest Jenny Liu explains the value of windbreaks, species composition, design tips, and maintenance. She’s going to blow you away with helpful information.

    Jenny Liu is the Maple, Tree Nut, and Agroforestry Specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She completed her forestry undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and then set her sights on agriculture, earning a Master’s in agricultural entomology at the University of Guelph.

    Show notes:

    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/neworchard/english/apples/16windbreak.html

    http://omafra.gov.on.ca/english/environment/facts/windbreaks.htm



    Website: www.perennia.ca

    Host: Michelle Cortens, Tree Fruit Specialist

    Follow us on Twitter: @nsperennia @nstreefruit

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

    Music: A Sunny Day by J. Tones

    Logo Created by: Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

    Email us at: info@perennia.ca

    • 32 min
    E6 S3. Chilling Out in Storage: Guest Dr. Robert Prange

    E6 S3. Chilling Out in Storage: Guest Dr. Robert Prange

    Description: For today’s Orchard Outlook episode you’re going to want to store this information. Literally, use it in the storage room. From the moment of picking fruit they’re destined to deteriorate… but not on the watch of storage room operators. Our guest Dr. Robert (Bob) Prange opens the door on storage conditions to explain the relationships between temperature, moisture, and gases and fruit quality.

    Guest: Dr. Robert Prange is an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University and was formerly Senior Research Scientist of Postharvest Biology and Technology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. During a career-long passion for post-harvest storage he was a co-author of the 3rd edition of the book ‘Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Vegetables’ and recently authored “Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Apples and Pears”. He has received a number of awards including Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science and Canadian Partners in Technology Transfer Award.

    Show notes: For the book “Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Apples and Pears” contact rkprange@gmail.com

    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
    E5 S3. Cover Cropping Curiosities: Guest Tianna DuPont

    E5 S3. Cover Cropping Curiosities: Guest Tianna DuPont

    On today’s episode of the Orchard Outlook podcast you might wonder why we’re talking about millet, mustard, and canola on an orchard podcast. It’s not for a salad folks. No, we have far greater motives. Our guest Tianna DuPont explains how cover crops can address soil health constraints, what cover crops are promising, and how we get the most bang for our buck. This podcast was funded in part by the On-Farm Climate Action Fund.

    Guest: Tianna DuPont is a tree fruit extension specialist working with growers to scale up and apply research recommendations in the field. She was recently involved in a soil health investigation in Washington orchards that compared high and low yielding blocks to focus on soil health constraints. She previously worked with cover crops in vegetable and small grain systems in Pennsylvania and is now contributing the knowledge to the tree fruit industry.

    Show notes: For more information from our guest Tianna DuPont, visit http://treefruit.wsu.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

    • 20 min
    E4 S3. Part 2 Springing into Scab Season: Guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic

    E4 S3. Part 2 Springing into Scab Season: Guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic

    Description

    This episode is Part 2 of 2 on the apple scab disease. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 you should give it a go first. On Part 2 now, our guest will answer questions about management practices including fungicides, modeling, and orchard sanitation. So here he is again, and the passionate pathology continues, with our guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic!

    Biography

    Dr. Srdjan Acimovic is an Assistant Professor of tree fruit and specialty crop pathology at Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center. In a prior role he was an Extension Associate of plant pathology at Cornell University’s Hudson Valley Laboratory. Dr. Acimovic was a recipient of an Early Career Achievement Award by the American Phytopathological Society in March 2021.

    Show notes:

    · The Acimovic Lab website: https://blogs.cornell.edu/acimoviclab/

    · RIMPro decision support service for the management of pests in apple: https://rimpro.cloud

    · In this podcast, Perennia representatives and episode guests mention the RIMPro service but it is neither an endorsement of the service nor a suggestion that similar services are ineffective.

    · On Twitter @SAcimovic_VTech



    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

    • 38 min
    E3 S3. Part 1 Springing into Scab Season: Guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic

    E3 S3. Part 1 Springing into Scab Season: Guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic

    On today’s episode of the Orchard Outlook podcast we are finally putting the spotlight on the most economically significant apple fungal disease! You guessed it, apple scab. We need to know where this fungus is lurking and its relationship with weather conditions. Our guest Dr. Srdjan Acimovic joins us on Part 1 to uncover the organism responsible for scab (recorded on March 9, 2022).

    Biography:

    Dr. Srdjan Acimovic is an Assistant Professor of tree fruit and specialty crop pathology at Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center. In a prior role he was an Extension Associate of plant pathology at Cornell University’s Hudson Valley Laboratory. Dr. Acimovic was a recipient of an Early Career Achievement Award by the American Phytopathological Society in March 2021.

    Show notes:

    · The Acimovic Lab website: https://blogs.cornell.edu/acimoviclab/

    · RIMPro decision support service for the management of pests in apple: https://rimpro.cloud

    · In this podcast, Perennia representatives and episode guests mention the RIMPro service but it is neither an endorsement of the service nor a suggestion that similar services are ineffective.

    · On Twitter @SAcimovic_Vtech



    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
    E2 S3. The Coolest Chat about Early Dormant Pruning: Guest Dr. Richard Marini

    E2 S3. The Coolest Chat about Early Dormant Pruning: Guest Dr. Richard Marini

    On today’s episode of the Orchard Outlook podcast, we’re chillin’. Temperatures are dropping… and it might not be the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a recently pruned tree. How cold, how quickly, and when are all questions that are up in the air. Today’s guest Dr. Richard Marini is a horticulturist extraordinaire bringing us his wisdom on cold tolerance.

    Biography:

    Dr. Richard Marini is a Professor of Horticulture at PennState University. His areas of expertise are tree and small fruit physiology, fruit production systems, and data analysis. He has also been closely involved in apple rootstock evaluations. In recognition of his work, Dr. Marini has received many honours and awards in horticultural science.



    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

    • 28 min

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