E-Letter - August 2, 2019

Welcome to this weeks E-Letter
The E-Letter is published monthly for the summer months. The E-letter will return bi-weekly in mid September.

If anyone has feedback or items that they would like to see in the E- Letter, please contact Suzanne MacNeill: slmacneil@gov.pe.ca.


TABLE OF CONTENTS (click on the topic below to view the information)


Breakfast on the Farm - August 3, Vanco Farms
Farm and Food Care PEI's second annual Breakfast on the Farm will be hosted this year by Vanco Farms Ltd. There will be a PEI-sourced breakfast, agricultural displays, farm tours, children's activities and more! Tickets are free!

Food Day Canada - August 3
A chance for all Canadians to join hands in one massive celebration in praise of our farmers and fishers; our chefs and researchers…and, above all, our home cooks.

PEI Open Farm Day - Sunday, September 15, 2019
On September 15, over 20 farms across the Island will open their doors to visitors. This is a unique opportunity to meet the farmers, tour their farms, and learn more about how food is produced. We encourage PEI farmers to participate!

Supreme Court may hear multiple carbon tax challenges
Saskatchewan attorney general Don Morgan said the Supreme Court may be inclined to hear Saskatchewan's and Alberta's case against the carbon tax at the same time. While agriculture is largely exempt from the federal carbon tax transportation is not, which producer groups say undermines farmers bottom line.

Increasing nitrogen rates produces diminishing returns
Liebig’s Law of the Minimum applies, like all of the other nutrients we have looked at. Most crops, with the exclusion of legumes, exhibit the classic response curve we have seen with other nutrients. Nitrogen is, in the majority of situations, the most limiting nutrient, and along with water, one of the two most limiting plant growth factors encountered in Western Canada and the Great Plains.

Gender Inclusion in Agriculture , Fisheries and Aquaculture Report
This report describes the gender, diversity and inclusion activities the Department has completed to work towards the priority areas established by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. This report also establishes an organizational diversity and inclusion plan for the Department; complete with targets, responsibilities, and alignment with the Advisory Council’s priority areas.

Follow us on Twitter @AgInfoPEI
The PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries's Agriculture Information Twitter feeds will be your source for agriculture events and workshops on PEI. Tweet us today!

PEI Market Reports

AgWeather Atlantic Website

Food Matters blog Ian Petrie writes about agriculture on PEI.

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Commodity events are listed under their respective commodities.

Aug 3 - Breakfast on the Farm, Mount Albion

Aug 18-20 - Island Agrology Workshop, Stanley Bridge Resort

PEI Association of Exhibitions 2019 Calendar


August 2 - 3
August 9 - 17

Prince County 2019 Dates
Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Kensington Harvest Festival
L'Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien
July 31 - August 4
August 16 - 21
August 29 - Sept 1
Queens County
Crapaud Tractor Pulls
PEI Provincial Exhibition/Old Home Week
Kings County
Provincial Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair 
Eastern Kings Exhibition
4-H Rural Youth Fair
August 23 - 25
September 13 - 15


Calendar of Events

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Interested in working in agriculture? Are you looking to hire new employees?
To post your employment opportunity or for an up to date list of agricultural jobs in PEI, visit PEI Agriculture Sector Council job registry. Check back regularly as new positions are being posted frequently this time of year.


You can make an appointment to write the two hour exam by calling Thane Clarke at the Department of Communities, Land and Environment at (902) 368- 5599

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Does Canada have enough young farmers?
The country has lost 70 per cent of the farmers in its under-35 category in just 25 years

Tackling agriculture's labour shortage requires looking outside the circle
In a survey of over 1,300 Canadian farm employers, 47 per cent say they can not fulfill their labour needs, and one in three respondents said they receive zero Canadian applicants when they post an available job. With approximately 37 per cent of the workforce expected to retire in the next 10 years, agriculture’s labour shortage challenges are very real.

Mind Your Farm Business, Ep 42: The impact of women in agriculture
In this episode of Mind Your Farm Business, host Shaun Haney speaks with three women from unique backgrounds and stages of their careers, to talk about their perspective on the challenges and opportunities that have led to their success. Hear from Sandi Brock, sheep and grain farmer at Staffa, Ont., Fiona Jochum, grain farmer from St. Francis Xavier, Man., and Anne Wasko, beef market analyst and rancher at East End, Sask.

Stay tuned

Market Prices

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Canada seeks new risk status for BSE
Canada could have negligible risk status for BSE by next March. Under world animal health rules, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland have controlled status because of recent cases of BSE, while the United States, Australia and New Zealand have negligible risk status.

Economics of Forage Production and Cattle Market Outlook Webinar
In this webinar, Alberta Agriculture will discuss pricing standing hay, calculating a fair hay sharing arrangement and determining breakeven numbers for cow-calf feeding. A presentation on cattle market outlook will follow.

Aug 7 - Forage Field Day, Nappan Research Farm

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U.S. grains: Soybeans end down as Trump announces new tariffs on China
U.S. soybean futures closed at their lowest levels in over a month on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on Chinese goods while a more favorable weather outlook also sent corn prices down.

Don’t rely completely on the herbicide’s label for advice when seeding flax
Making sure the crop receives good fertility, planting into warm, moist soils and bumping up seeding rate can all help improve the outcome

Aug 16-17 - Atlantic Grains Coucnil Summer Meeting, Stanley Bridge Resort

2019 Cereal Guide

2018 Roundup Ready Soybean Variety Trials

2018 Conventional Soybean Variety Trails

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Hoard's Dairyman Webinar: Treating diarrhea in dairy calves
Diarrhea continues to be the leading cause of death in calves. Although we can minimize diarrhea with sound management, producers also need to understand how to approach treatment. The webinar covered the primary treatment protocols including how to select an oral electrolyte.

Atlantic Dairy Events Calendar

Dairy Quota Exchange

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Agri-Food Growth Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Growth Program to build and enhance local markets to increase the awareness, sale and consumption of Prince Edward Island produced agri-food products.

Agri-Food Promotion Program
The Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the Agri-Food Promotion Program to increase the awareness, demand, and consumption for fresh, high-quality Prince Edward Island agricultural products.

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PEI Woodlot Owner's Association website
PEIWOA is an inclusive group of woodlot owners that encourages Islanders to create a more sustainable forest ecosystem and forest resource on Prince Edward Island

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It's almost too late: Canada protects honey bees but native bee species are becoming endangered
While the federal government works to protect the honey bee, its money-making counterpart, experts across the country say it has stolen the spotlight from the rusty-patched bumble bee and more than 800 other wild bee species native to Canada, leaving them in ruins.

Breeders toughen up bees to resist deadly mites
Since the mite jumped from Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) to the common domesticated European honey bee (A. mellifera) more than a half-century ago, researchers have discovered some bees can keep the mite in check through behaviors such as fastidious grooming and removing mite-infested larvae. But identifying bees able to mount these responses is tedious.

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Maine’s wild blueberry harvest drops, and the prices paid to farmers increase
Last year's harvest was the smallest in 14 years at 50.3 million pounds, but the price paid to farmers – 46 cents a pound – nearly doubled over the 2017 price.

Ontario strawberries rebound 'with a vengeance' after cold, wet spring
Delayed strawberry season has led to more berries than most farmers can pick

WSU debuts flavorful, easy-to-harvest new raspberry, Cascade Premier
Bright, flavorful, and bred for easy automated harvest, Washington State University’s new red raspberry variety, Cascade Premier, is more than a decade in the making.

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How a P.E.I. horse trainer began training Newfoundland's police horses
t the end of a red dirt road in Mt. Herbert, P.E.I., Glenn Pollock is doing what he does best at his farm: training horses. Pollock works with many horses but says some of his most impressive students are the four horses now working for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Newfoundland and Labrador's mounted provincial police.

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Organic farming gets all the hype, but it doesn't feed the world
Organic farms would not be able to meet global food demand nor answer all the questions regarding food security

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New plants drive potato acre expansion
Potato acres are up in Manitoba and Alberta this year as more spuds are needed to supply new and expanded processing plants on the Prairies. Manitoba potato growers seeded 6,000 more acres than 2018 and Alberta acres are up 5,500 acres compared to last year, based on data from a July 17 United Potato Growers of Canada report.

Are you up to speed on the latest information about vine killing? Here’s what the experts had to say.

Changing Demographics, Changing Industry
Changing consumer food preferences and food security are two areas likely to influence future demand for potatoes and the direction of the potato industry and scientific community. To achieve global food security, some estimate crop yields must double by 2050.

Potatoes have been a staple of Britain’s diet for half a millennium, but new research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have revealed that commercial potato crops are under constant threat of late blight, the pathogen behind one of Europe’s most devastating famines, but wild potato genes might be the cure.

2019 Potato Fieldworker Meetings - Meeting start at 3:00 p.m.
For more information contact Lorraine MacKinnon, Potato Industry Coordinator, PEIDAL 902-314-1607

Date Location
August 13 PEI Potato Board
August 27  Kensington AIC
September 10 PEI Potato Board


2018 Potato Guide - available on-line

2018 Seed Potato Certification List and Grower Directory available on- line

Terminal Market Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

FOB Potato Prices
These price data are compiled by USDA AMS Market News Service.

Reports on Potato Supplies, Movement,Stocks, and Usage
This data are compiled by North American Potato Market News.

US National Potato & Onion Report


Advice for quarantining incoming sheep to prevent lameness
Poor quarantine is one of the weakest links in the livestock sector, allowing disease to enter farms. Sheep vet consultant Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health says farmers need to start taking quarantine seriously, with the responsibility for preventing the incursion of disease to the flock resting with the buyer.

They prune vines but 'oddly don't eat the grapes': How sheep are helping make Ontario wine
Vineyard-roaming sheep, lamb serve as 'full-time lawnmowers' at Niagara wineries

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


Webinar: Are heavier pig market weights better?
Speakers from the pork industry and academia will enlighten webinar participants on recent findings of a Pork Checkoff-funded research project.

U.S. livestock: CME hogs drop to five-month low as U.S.-China trade tensions escalate
American hog farmers were hit after China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, imposed retaliatory tariffs on imports of U.S. pork last year as part of the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.


Storability of vegetable carotene severely affected by oxygen in air
The shelf life of vegetable carotenoids when stored in powdered form is severely affected by oxygen in the storage environment—an effect that has a big impact on the food industry, but that can be dramatically reduced by implementing optimized production processes.

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Event offers chance to get up close to leading-edge ag tech
Olds College offering hands-on demos and displays of the ‘latest and greatest’ in advanced technology with the opening of Smart Farm. The first phase of the multimillion-dollar project is a 110-acre cropping operation that’s wired (so to speak) to the hilt — including soil monitors, digital weather stations, wireless grain bin sensors, multispectral imaging, precision ag technology, drones, farm management software, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.


We welcome your feedback. Suggestions, questions, or comments can be made to the Agriculture Information Desk at by e- mail to slmacneil@gov.pe.ca

Next E-Letter:   September 6, 2019

Published date: 
August 2, 2019
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