E-Letter - February 14, 2020

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Welcome to this weeks E-Letter
The E-Letter is published bi-weekly.

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)


Developing custom plans for pesticide-resistant weeds
For farmers, it’s an all-too-familiar problem: To protect their crops from invasive weeds, they apply pesticides to their fields, only to see pesticide-resistant weeds rear their heads – with the vicious cycle continuing as farmers turn to a second (or third) round of pesticides that also prove ineffective. How can farmers break this cycle? A standard pesticide application process won’t cut it: Simply put, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

Coronavirus and agri-food markets: 4 connections
he novel coronavirus is a human respiratory virus originating in Wuhan City, in the Hubei Province of China, and has spread to nearly 30 countries across Asia, Europe, and North America. Currently, there are no vaccines for the virus, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a public health emergency of international concern. Several countries have issued travel advisories with flights to and from China being cancelled.

Is this what farmers have been waiting for?
Based on promising early results, “epigenetics” may help save agriculture from climate change

Canada could be a huge climate change winner when it comes to farmland
But converting new land to farming could generate huge emissions, harm biodiversity, study says

More Food, Better Food: Empowering Kenyan Women Farmers
This project is a four-year project with $1 million in federal funding. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve food and nutrition security for the families of three dairy groups, eight women’s groups and five schools in the Buuri Dairy milk collection area in Meru County, Kenya. A group of P.E.I. volunteers from Farmers Helping Farmers is in Kenya for three weeks as part of a new project in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. You can see photos and follow their work on FHF social media:


Volunteers needed for Canadian Ag Literacy Month
anted: teachers & farmers & agricultural representatives to celebrate Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in March!! We are coordinating classroom visits with farmers and agriculture representatives throughout the month of March to help students LEARN about, CONNECT to and UNDERSTAND agriculture.


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.

February 22 - FCC Young Farmer Summit - Ignite, Charlottetown

March 6-8 - 2020 Canadian Young Farmers Forum, Charlottetown

March 13 - Farm and Food Care PEI Workshop, Charlottetown

April 17 - FCC Women in Ag Summit, Halifax

NEW Calendar of Events
We have a new Calendar of Events. If you would like to have your agriculture industry events entered into the calendar, please contact Suzanne MacNeill at slmacneil@gov.pe.ca


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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.


Option 1 - Continuing Education Credits
The Department of Agriculture and Land will be offering the two different training days A & B for your Continuing Education Credits. You are required to attend one Day A and one Day B over the five-year re-certification period. Only one day per calendar year will be credited. Day A - Topics covered: General Information, Pesticide Regulations, Pesticides Effect on the Land, Aquatic Impact of Pesticides, Environmental Safety, and Application Technology.
Day B - Topics covered: Emergency Response, First Aid, Pesticide Monitoring & Enforcement, Labeling, Professionalism, Traceability, Integrated Pest Management, and Human Health & Safety.
Your current Pesticide Applicator Certificate will be valid until the expiry date. All renewed Class A certificates, in the CEC program, have an expiry date of March 31. The fee is $75 (HST included) for the 5-year certificate.
If you have taken the Day A & Day B as required to renew your certificate, you will be mailed a renewal form. If you did not take both the Day A & Day B before your expiry date, you will be required to complete the written exam to obtain a new certificate.
Registration begins at 8:15 AM. Information sessions are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is a $25 registration fee to offset this cost.
To register for one of these training days please call (902) 368-4154 or (902) 368-4880.

2019/2020 Training Schedule for CEC's
DAY A March 10 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
DAY B March 17 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

OPTION 2 - One day training course with exam

Attend the one day training course and write the exam, which is delivered by the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land. This course is designed to prepare you for the exam by reviewing the Agricultural Training Manual

2020 Schedule for one-day Course plus Exam
March 11 Loyalist Inn, Summerside
March 18 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown

OPTION 3 - Write the exam:

  • Write the two hour exam.
  • Make an appointment with the Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change by contacting Debbie MacRae at (902) 368-5024 or Thane Clarke at (902) 368-5599

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Mind Your Farm Business — Ep 48: Avoiding marketing plan pitfalls
What carries greater downside risk: having to sell in a down market to generate cash flow, or pre-selling a crop in increments? The short answer is it depends, but the in- depth explanation is that panic or stressed sales by their nature are rarely the most profitable. Pre-selling some crop carries a risk, yes, but there are options for managing production risk.

Why do you farm?
Whether it's passion or purpose, your answer is growing more important than anyone thought

New resource gives Island farming community more mental health support
Prince Edward Island’s farmers and their families have a new resource to help them deal with the mental and emotional stress that can come with farming life. The new website farmerstalk.ca encourages farmers, producers and family members to open up about the challenges they face, to support each other and to reach out for help with any mental health struggles they may be dealing with.

Factors that affect bull fertility
Everything from winter shelter to genetics can affect a bull’s fertility



  • Stay tuned for upcoming speakers and topics

Market Prices

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Trade deals herald a promising year ahead
The new decade begins with much promise for the North American cattle/beef industry. Several key trade deals will benefit the red meat sectors in all three countries, including developments in China and the ratification by the U.S. Congress of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

March 20-21 - Maritime Beef Conference, Moncton

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Four ways to manage lodging in wheat
When it comes to lodging in spring wheat, there aren’t a lot of current resources or guidelines available to western Canadian producers, but researchers are hoping to provide some good recommendations over the next couple of years.
A lot of the research into wheat lodging to date has been done in the United Kingdom, where lodging potential is much higher due to longer, and generally wetter growing seasons.

March 4 - Cereals and Oilseeds Conference, Summerside

March 5 - PEISCIA Taking Charge Conference, Summerside

2020 Corn Guide - now available on-line.

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Calcium’s role in dairy cows may be underrated: study
New research finds that adding calcium to prepartum diets can lower the possibility of uterine infection and return a cow to ovulation quicker

February 28-March 1 - Atlantic Young Breeders School, Truro

March 17-18 - Dairy Focus Atlantic, Moncton

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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These Bees Fight Varroa Mites With Help From Special Engineered Bacteria
Honeybees with engineered microbiomes were more likely to survive both mites and the viruses they carry

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Discovering haskap
Is this the next superfood that will spawn a generation of new farm enterprises across the country?

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Good humus is the key to successful organic farming
Humus, or organic matter, is the key component in organic soil. If the humus levels are right, organic farms can produce as much as conventional ones.

February 19 - Annual PEI COPC Research Day, Charlottetown

March 31 - PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative AGM, TBA

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Unlikely Visitor
Many insect pests affect potatoes in the field and in storage. In the field, the green peach aphid, potato aphid, beet leafhopper, potato tuberworm, Colorado potato beetle and potato psyllid are among the primary pests in the Pacific Northwest. However, in storage, few insect pests are reported even though some have most likely been inadvertently moved into the storage units from the field.

Scientists continue to study the disease. An integrated management approach is still the best option for growers.

Industry trends to look for in the coming decade
In this super-extended version of our “Top 5,” we take a look into the future. We asked several of our much more intelligent and well-informed friends—the Zoltars of the industry, if you will—to gaze into their respective crystal balls to predict what’s coming for the potato industry in the 2020s.

To cut down on costs and make their operations more efficient Prince Edward Island potato farmers have started using precision agriculture technology to prevent late blight, according to a news release from the Prince Edward Island Potato Board.

Four experts review the causes and negative aspects of soil compaction and provide their newest strategies to prevent and mitigate its effects.

February 21-22 - International Potato Expo 2020, Charlottetown

March 12-13 -AIM Local Workshops: Soil Compaction/Tillage
Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, Private Agronomist and RealAgriculture Podcast, Ontario

  • Thursday March 12 – 9:00 am : Emerald Community Centre
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 pm : Mill River Resort
  • Friday, March 13 – 9:00 am : Rural Action Centre, downtown Montague


March 24 - Wireworm Research & Extension Seminar, Charlottetown

2019 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


PEI Sheep Breeders Website


PIG Releases Biosecurity Videos for Alternative Pork Production
Alternative pork production presents unique challenges for biosecurity. Niche, pasture pork, hoop barns, traditional pork or heritage breeds, are just a few examples of the alternative production methods highlighted in three new videos recently added to the Pork Information Gateway (PIG).


New York growers face influx of cheap Canadian produce; senators respond
On Feb. 6, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for investigations into unfair trade subsidies to Canadian growers, as New York state onion gowers struggle against an influx of produce, priced below the price of production, coming across the border.

Study eyes viability of indoor farming to grow leafy greens
A multi-university team of horticulturists, engineers and agricultural economists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study indoor production of leafy greens.

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Precision ag to fight soil compaction in Brazil
The demand for soil sampling and compaction measurement is growing fast in the Central-West of Brazil.


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:   February 28, 2020

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