E-Letter - July 5, 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.

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


Labour shortages amount to $2.9B in Canadian agricultural sector
Data from a new report by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) shows that farmer’s across Canadian ag industry lost $2.9 billion in sales due to unfilled vacancies. The amount is an increase of $1.5 billion since 2014.

Significant climb in fertilizer prices expected
The expected price swing won’t be as dramatic if growers are able to split next year’s fertilizer requirements between the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020.

Is there a climate emergency?
It’s no fun watching the weather and lamenting where we are

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


Prince County 2019 Dates
Summerside Lobster Carnival
PEI Potato Blossom Festival
Prince County Exhibition
Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Kensington Harvest Festival
L'Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien
July 11 - 13
July 15 - 21
July 25 - 27
July 31 - August 4
August 16 - 21
August 29 - Sept 1
Queens County
Crapaud Exhibition
Crapaud Tractor Pulls
PEI Provincial Exhibition/Old Home Week
July 26 - 28
August 2 - 3
August 9 - 17
Kings County
Northumberland Fisheries Festival
Provincial Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair 
Eastern Kings Exhibition
4-H Rural Youth Fair
July 25 - 28
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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Mind Your Farm Business — Ep. 41: Being intentional building and measuring trust
Trust is the basic building block of all relationships. You can’t have accountability, commitment, or constructive conflict without first having trust. A lack of trust or a breach of it is a business risk, but how do we first measure, then manage that risk?

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Market Prices

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Venture proves seaweed’s worth as cattle feed
Research shows a small amount of the marine algae added to feed can reduce methane emissions by 99 percent. Global demand for seaweed is increasing as it becomes more recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals for humans and livestock.

Meat belongs on Canadians' plates, says dietitian
Beef is always on the plate as the main dinner for the Saskatchewan Stock Growers convention held at Moose Jaw each June. Increasingly, though, beef and other animal-based protein is being eliminated from the menu — in fast food restaurants and at home.

July 21 - PEI Angus Pasture Tour
Seating is limited. Deadline to register is July 5.

Aug 7 - Forage Field Day, Nappan Research Farm

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Wheat School: Protecting the flag and penultimate leaf from disease
For a crop like wheat, it’s essential to stay ahead of leaf diseases to get the maximum yield output from your crop. Each leaf on a wheat plant provides a different contribution to yield, so there are certain ones you want to keep an eye on when scouting your fields.

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: Synchronization strategies for heifers
Heifers do not provide a return on investment until after entering the milking string. New synchronization strategies have been develop-ed to enhance reproduction in heifers. These concepts aid dairy producers in optimizing age at conception and age at first calving goals while limiting feed costs.

Dairy Distillery wins accolades, enjoys changed definition of vodka
airy Distillery, the Almonte, Ont.-based processor turning waste milk sugar into vodka, recently received an Excellence in Agriculture award from the province. Made from milk permeate, a byproduct of milk processing, Dairy Distillery’s Vodkow product was launched in 2018. Most milk permeate is currently disposed of, at a cost to dairy farmers.

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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Beekeeping is booming — but it might be helping the wrong bees
Honeybee numbers are higher than they've ever been in Calgary due to the increasing popularity of urban beekeeping. You'd think that fact would make environmentalists cheer but there's one problem — those bees may be stealing resources from species that are actually at risk, species that play a much more vital role in the ecosystem.

This past winter saw the highest honeybee colony losses on record
Commercial honeybee colonies have had a rough run. And it’s not over yet. The annual loss rate for honeybees during the year ending in April rose to 40.7 percent, up slightly over the annual average of 38.7 percent, according to the Bee Informed Partnership, a nonprofit group associated with the University of Maryland.

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The berry with more antioxidants than blueberries was no secret to Indigenous people
A recent study out of the University of Victoria reveals the salal berry as an antioxidant powerhouse – which researchers and dieticians have found to have cancer-fighting and heart-healthy properties – with five times the level of tannins and 1.5 times the level of anthocyanin than blueberries.

Ocean Spray uses Uber Freight for the right balance of service and cost
Ocean Spray is a cooperative of more than 700 family-owned cranberry farms that harvest more than 220 billion cranberries a year for more than 1,000 different products. Last week, the cooperative announced that Uber Freight is now one of its top five carriers, having moved more than 1,500 loads in 2018.

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Managing Resistant Parasites in Horses: It’s Up to Us
Raising awareness of anthelmintic (dewormer) drug resistance and how to deal with it is becoming critical, as we’re losing efficacy of our current dewormers, and no new ones are on the near horizon.

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Organic farming enhances honeybee colony performance
A team of researchers is now the first to have demonstrated that organic farming benefits honeybee colonies, especially when food is scarce in late spring. The scientists analyzed six years of data collected through a unique system for monitoring domesticated bees that is unparalleled in Europe.

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

When it comes to late blight, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The following is a comprehensive list for the control and management of late blight during the summer.

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
July 16 PEI Potato Board
July 30 Kensington AIC
August 13 PEI Potato Board
August 27  Kensington AIC
September 10 PEI Potato Board


Stem-end chip defect is another serious threat affecting tuber quality for chip potato growers. What are the causes of sugar end/jelly end rot and stem-end chip defect and what management strategies can be taken?

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


4 ways to reduce sheep lameness to less than 2% by 2021
UK flocks have already worked hard to reduce lameness to less than 5% by 2016, but the next target set by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) is to reduce it to less than 2% by 2021.

PEI Sheep Breeders Website


Meat ban not political: sector
A Chinese ban on pork and beef should not damage Canada’s international reputation as a reliable supplier of safe and high quality food, said industry officials.

Canadian wild hog distribution could hit 1 million square kilometres next year
First introduced to Canada in the 1980s as a diversification option, wild hog populations outside of farmed production have been steadily climbing. Wild hogs that escaped from farms or were released from enclosures when businesses shut down have done very well in Saskatchewan — so well that it’s estimated descendants of those original hogs now cover close to 800,000 square kilometres of terrain across Canada.


U.S. vertical farms are racing against the sun
Leafy salad greens grown under banks of LED lights, with mist or drips of water are having their day in the sun. Several top U.S. indoor farms, stacked with plants from floor to ceiling, tell Reuters they are boosting production to a level where they can now supply hundreds of grocery stores.

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Machine controls weeds with steam
The X-Steam-inator has a power take-off-powered generator that supplies electricity to an induction heater that instantly creates steam. The steam is applied to the field with a ceramic-insulated boom, controlling weeds and potentially desiccating crops.


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:   August 2, 2019

Published date: 
July 5, 2019
Agriculture and Land

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