In the Berry Field: April 21st

Friday, April 21, 2023

 In this week's edition of In the Berry Field Sonny Murray gives a crop update for the major berry crops.

To view the video Click Here

Pesticide Training Opportunities


Marbicon Inc (Jim Jotcham) has been announced Pesticide Training Opportunities. Pre-exam courses (with 5.0 points available for T2237):


Thursday, May 4 - Truro Horsemen’s Club in Bible Hill


Email/call Jim ( ) or 902-538-7101 to pre-register. Contact Jim if you’d like a course near you and/or at a more convenient date. Pre-exam courses are $125 including HST.


People sitting in for 5.0 recertification points only pay $110 including HST.

Doors open at 8:30am. Food & drink on your own. A course manual is provided.

The Season Extension Enhancement program is open

The objective of the Season Extension Enhancement program is to help support fruit and vegetable growers who invest in innovative technologies to extend their growing season, adapt to a changing climate, and open up new market opportunities.


The program encourages and supports Nova Scotia’s fruit and vegetable producers by providing financial assistance with the following on-farm infrastructure:

• adopting season extension technologies.

• enhancing storage capacity.

• adopting and developing irrigation capacity for field operations.


For more information and program application info click here: Season Extension Program - Horticulture Nova Scotia (

Weather data from Jeff Franklin: AAFC

Many thanks to Jeff for putting this data together for us!

Hard to believe as dry as it is that we've had a decent amount of precipitation since the beginning of the year but much of it without frost I believe has been able to slowly percolate into the soil over the late winter, without creating run off. 

Precipitation summary for Kentville using rainfall and rainfall equivalent (snow) data.

2023 Degree Day Accumulations

Table 1.0.  Degree day accumulations as of April 17, 2023.  All data are taken from the Environment and Climate Change Canada weather station located at the Kentville Research and Development Centre. Calculations are based on a start date of March 1, and calculated using the single-sine method.