Farm Focus November 2018
by Emily Leeson
Alex MacDonald is one of P.E.I.’s newest dairy producers. Nearly two years ago he was approved for the Dairy Farmers of P.E.I.’s new entrant program, which loans daily quota to new farmers, helping them get a foot in the door of the industry. Since then, MacDonald has acquired 40 cows and purchased a 100-acre farm in Campbellton.
by Joan LeBlanc
It’s cranberry harvest time again and it seems that the lack of rain during the growing season hasn’t affected this year’s crop yields at Coastal Cranberries in Dorchester, N.B. “We’re going to have a great crop this year if we can get a few days without rain to get it all harvested,” said Melvin Goodland in mid-October.
by Seth Freeman
The Hill ’n’ Dale 4-H Club was formed in 1961, with the first meeting held at Centre Consolidated School in Dayspring, N.S. That first meeting included 10 members, their parents, and George Mackenzie, the region’s provincial agriculture department 4-H representative. The club name Hill ’n’ Dale originated from a Mrs. Berringer, who took note of the many drumlins and valleys that could be found in Lunenburg County, otherwise known as hills and dales.
by Cedric MacLeod
As one travels about the Maritimes, the prevalence of the beef industry is not always immediately evident. Unless you are travelling through the reclaimed marshlands that join New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which incidentally was home to more than 60,000 cows in the not too distant past, the average Maritimer might not realize that more than 1,800 farm families comprise the Maritime beef sector.
Farm Focus October 2018
by Kathy Birt
Amber Petersen of Hampton, P.E.I., grew up with a sheep-shearing father and helped out by bagging the wool. At 14, she sheared her first sheep. By age 20, she had moved away from home and after college began a career as an administrative assistant. When her father Valdis gave up his shearing circuit in P.E.I., her friend Pauline Bolay of Manitoba took over the circuit and one evening asked Petersen to come along.
by George Fullerton
Blair Stirling grew up in his family’s orchard and farming businesses in Wolfville, N.S. In 1976, shortly after graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College’s agriculture business program, the family business deemed that he should go to Gagetown, N.B., and undertake management of the Stirling orchard operation there. “I arrived at the orchard after I had just turned 20 years old,” said Stirling.
by Ellen Crane
When is the last time you purchased a beef product in a grocery store? For many producers, purchasing grocery store beef is not a regular activity. The modern consumer has become increasingly conscious about the products they purchase. Is it good for me? Is it good for the environment? These are just a couple of attributes of beef production a consumer may consider when making purchase decisions.
by Rachael Cheverie
There is a lot of interest in developing land for perennial crops – apple orchards, bush berries (highbush blueberries, currants, and haskap), cane berries (raspberries and blackberries), vineyard crops such as grapes, and even some perennial vegetable plantings such as asparagus and herbs. Site selection is important with any crop but it’s the most essential element of success when thinking about perennial crops.
Farm Focus September 2018
by George Fullerton
The Maritime Angus Association teamed up with the Kings County Soil and Crop Improvement Association in southern New Brunswick to sponsor a pasture tour on July 28. The tour began at the Village of Norton’s municipal building. In addition to loading a tour coach, a number of cars and pickup trucks trailed in caravan.
by Kathy Birt
While the Island Honey Wine Company on the Millboro Road in Wheatley River, P.E.I., may be off the beaten path, tourists and Islanders alike are beating a path to the door of the operation’s on-farm retail store to taste the subtle but delectable honey wine historically known as mead.
by Brett Ruffell
After decades as a highly respected researcher, teacher, and mentor, monogastric nutritionist Dr. Derrick Anderson has developed an eye for talent. He sees something special in Dr. Stephanie Collins, a researcher at Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus. “I think she’s one of the rising stars in Canadian poultry,” he said of the young scientist. “She’s the next generation of nutritionist.”
by Matthew Carlson
Since late 2017, the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmers’ Forum (NLYFF) has been seeking mentors and mentees to start a small pilot program. The mentorship initiative will match three to five pairs of participants to test the feasibility of such a program in the province and provide the hands-on learning so many new farmers are seeking.
Farm Focus August 2018
by Joan LeBlanc
Blueberries, raspberries, honey, and more await visitors to Trueman Blueberry Farms on Etter Ridge Road in Aulac, N.B., midway between Sackville, N.B, and Amherst, N.S. The eighth generation in Trueman agricultural history is continuing the family tradition while broadening the promotion of farm products and agricultural tourism.
by Abigail Koziel
In 2015, a core group of parents started a Facebook chat showing interest in starting up a 4-H club in Barrington, Shelburne County, N.S. A fourth-generation 4-Her and a committed parent, Jennifer Spencer took charge. She knew how much the 4-H program had to offer and wanted to give our community youth a chance to experience it.
by Ellen Crane
Record keeping. It is the farmer’s version of homework. Some complete it successfully while others do not bother to start the assignment in the first place. Although, different from homework, it will not be checked and given a gold star by your teacher the next day. The onus is left on us to make sure it is completed.
by Michelle Cortens
The tree fruit industry in Nova Scotia relies on the healthy re-establishment of trees on old orchard sites for continued success. “Out with the old and in with the new” has been a revolutionary trend with the release of exciting varieties such as Honeycrisp and Ambrosia, dwarfing rootstocks, and high-density planting systems.
Farm Focus July 2018
by Greta van Diepen
The history of 4-H in the Morell, P.E.I., area began 59 years ago under the direction of Ada Jay who ran a garment club from her home. This project had five members consisting of 10-year-old girls who formed the first 4-H club – Barb LaPierre, Irene Larkin, Gemma Dunn, Catherine Alyward, and Debbie MacAdam.
by Owen Roberts
Seasoned farm realtor Tim Hammond knows producers are experiencing some sticker shock over the rising cost of farmland. And earlier this year he expected at least a few raised eyebrows from prospective buyers over the $22.4-million price tag on a 5,700-acre grain operation near Rosetown, Sask., that his company represented. But to his surprise, he received none. In fact, the reaction was opposite.
by Amy Sangster
Compaction is a big issue in Nova Scotia. Wet weather, heavy soils, short growing seasons, and the pressure to get a crop in and off on time can all result in compressing and compacting soils. In some cases we’re also faced with naturally shallow soils and compacted subsoils that have been inherited from the ice age. Machinery-induced compaction occurs when the soil cannot support the weight of farm equipment.
by Christian Michaud
Like all of the Earth’s seasons, elections roll around in their turn, bringing political weather that is becoming increasingly fickle. So it makes sense to be prepared to the best of our ability for a future that is even more unpredictable. There is little doubt that agriculture is the sunrise industry of the Maritimes. All signs point to an array of developing opportunities that will strengthen farming as a formidable pillar of the regional economy.
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