E-letter - November 8, 2019

Le contenu suivant est seulement disponible en anglais.

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)


How McDonald's Canada navigates consumer choice and supply chain demands
As the saying goes, if Henry Ford had listened to what his customers wanted, they would have said, “Faster horses.” For Nicole Zeni, that innovation philosophy means that while you do need to listen to your customers, you must be open to change, and challenged to thinking broadly and for the long term.

Managing Soil Compaction
This fall has seen heavier than normal precipitation in a large area of the Corn Belt. According to the University of Minnesota, as of mid-September, Minneapolis has had the second wettest year on record. This is a cause for concern for many farmers as heavy moisture and wet fields can lead to heavy harvest equipment causing ruts and soil compaction.

PEI Farm Tech Apprenticeship Program - Next Class starts January 2020
Island farm employees now have the opportunity to enhance their skills and obtain Blue Seal certification through the PEI Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program. This program provides farm employees a great opportunity to gain important skills and gain trade experience to use in the Agriculture industry they are working in. The program is subsidized 100% (if EI eligible) by Skills PEI through the Labour Market Development Fund.

New PEI Soil Health Testing Package free for a limited time
The PEI Analytical Laboratories is now accepting samples for the new PEI Soil Health Testing Package. This test includes a variety of soil health tests that focus not only on the nutrient content of the soil, but other physical and biological soil characteristics. The PEI Soil Health Test Package is a comprehensive add-on to the current PEIAL S3 nutrient analysis package, and includes the following additional soil health tests: soil texture, wet aggregate stability, soil respiration, active carbon, and biological nitrogen availability.

PEI Manure Nutrient Content Survey
The PEI Department of Agriculture and Land is looking for volunteer dairy and beef farms for their PEI Manure Nutrient Content survey. The goal of this survey is to update PEI's average manure nutrient content values for beef and dairy across PEI (poultry and swine to be sampled next year). Participating farms will have their manure piles or storages sampled twice in the upcoming year (once in spring and once in fall) and analyzed for nutrient content at the PEI Analytical Laboratories. Participating producers will be given their individual test results for free, as well as the averages for the whole province at the end of the project.
Farms will be chosen for the survey based on location and manure type requirements needed for the study. For more information, please contact Kyra Stiles at (902) 316-1600 or Melanie Bos at (902) 314-0790

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.

Back to Top

Commodity events are listed under their respective commodities.

Calendar of Events

Back to Top


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 December 4, 2019 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
  January 7, 2020 Access PEI O'Leary
  January 14 Loyalist Inn, Summerside
  February 4 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
  February 11 Lane's Riverhouse Inn, Montague
  March 10 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
DAY B December 5, 2019 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
  January 16, 2020 Access PEI, O'Leary
  January 23 Loyalist Inn, Summerside
  February 6 Lane's Riverhouse Inn, Montague
  February 13 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
  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
January 22 Rodd Royalty, TCH Charlottetown
February 12 Mill River Resort, O'Leary
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

Back to Top


Mind Your Farm Business, Ep 45: Pushing agriculture into economic primetime
There’s no doubt that the world of international trade has been rough and tumble the last while, but that doesn’t mean Canada shouldn’t continue to participate. Beyond just participating, Canada should be actively investing in agriculture’s major potential on the world stage now, and in the decades to come.

December 2-4 - AgExcellence COnference< Fredericton


  • November 14 - Farm Financials to help you sleep at night - Part One
  • November 19 - Information Sesiion: National Farm Leadership Program Q&A
  • December 6 - Outstanding Young Farmers Of Canada 2019 National Event Agriwebinar Broadcast
  • December 12 - Farm Financials to help you sleep at night - Part Two

Market Prices

Back to Top


Montana Senator introduces resolution to reinstate COOL
As farmers anticipate the ratification of the new NAFTA deal, USMCA, Democrats in the U.S. are seeking changes to the new pact text. Jon Tester (D-MT) has gone back in time to suggest a change that would greatly impact the beef industry in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Tester is asking for the Republican-led Senate to re- consider mandatory country of origin labelling (mCOOL) to “protect” U.S. beef producers.

Back to Top


You don't need a second combine, you need a grain dryer
You’ve worked hard and expanded the farm’s land base from about 1,200 acres to 2,400. Where’s your money better spent — a second combine or a grain dryer? Scott Keller, who farms at New Norway, Alta., says the economics are cut-and-dried on that topic. According to Keller —hands down — you’re better off setting up a grain dryer than buying a second combine, especially if the fall weather trend for the next few years wet and inclement.

Seeding soybeans into rye
Green growth in spring helps to manage excess moisture, provides early-season protection from soil erosion, and also suppresses weeds

November 12-15 -Canadian Forage Production School, Moncton, NB

Back to Top


Hoard's Dairyman webinar: How much does the welfare of people affect the welfare of animals
Animal well-being doesn’t live in a vacuum! It begins and ends with people doing the right thing. Too often, the caretaker is taken out of the equation in animal well- being discussions, but it is the most critical component.

Atlantic Dairy Events Calendar

Dairy Quota Exchange

Back to Top


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.

Back to Top


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

Back to Top


Western researchers helping honey bees with probiotics
New study shows how beneficial microorganisms can fend off hive infestation

Israeli students produce honey without bees
Israeli students have developed a new technology to produce bee-free honey by using genetically modified bacteria, the Israel Institute of Technology reported on Thursday. The honey possesses unique properties that make it highly attractive in fields such as the medicine, cosmetics, and the food industry. However, the expansion of honey industry harms the bees and their environment and reduces bee populations worldwide.


Back to Top


Decline in Canadian apple production as a result of adverse weather
The United States will remain the largest exporter of fresh apples, pears, and table grapes to the Canadian market in MY 2019/20. FAS/Ottawa forecasts Canadian production of apples to be down four percent in MY 2019/20 due to adverse weather events. Canadian production of pears and table grapes is forecast to decrease two and nine percent, respectively. The United States market share of Canadian apple imports will see growth over MY 2018/19 numbers. U.S. pear exports to Canada will also see growth while U.S. fresh table grape exports are forecast to decline.

Investment, need drive in-soil strawberry harvester
Investment, a groundbreaking “commercialized” strawberry harvest and swelling grower interest add up to a good year for Advanced Farm Technologies (AFT). The Davis, California-based company’s T-6 robotic strawberry harvester is one of just a handful of machines that are being taken seriously by the industry, due to increased labor challenges.

November 14-15 - NS wild blueberry AGM, Truro

Back to Top


Horses Blink Less, Twitch Eyelids More When Stressed, U of G Researchers Find
How can you tell when a horse is feeling stressed? It’s all in the eyes and the way their eyelids twitch, University of Guelph researchers have discovered.

Back to Top


World Organic Food & Beverage Market Outlook to 2024
The global organic food and beverage market has grown rapidly in the last few years and this growth is expected to continue. The market is being driven by increasing consumer awareness, increasing amounts of organic farmland, the accessibility of organic products, acceptance of new organic standards and rising per capita income in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.

December 6-7 - Grazing & Forages with Sarah Fleck, Farm Centre, Charlottetown


Back to Top


Tough Team to Beat
Aphids and the plant viruses they transmit cause billions of dollars in crop damage around the world every year. A Cornell-led research team is examining the relationship at the molecular level, which could lead to new methods for controlling the pests.

Gaining Perspective
Using aerial imagery and advanced analytics to identify irrigation issues—before they impact crop quality

Microbial marauder of potato, tomato crops has an accomplice
Descendants of the fungus-like pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s — Phytophthora infestans — may have had a “helping hand” in recent U.S. outbreaks of the costly blight disease.

November 14 - WORLD POTATO CONGRESS: Illustration of Regional Potato Promotion: Flanders (Belgium) WEBINAR
Mr. Kris Michiels will explain why generic promotion for potatoes is useful and how it is organized in Flanders (region in Belgium).

2018 Potato Guide - available on-line

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


Off the beaten path farms: France's Perfect Pig Company
Though France is growing as a commercial pork-producing nation, there are those that maintain small-scale, rare breed herds and love what they do.

Beijing lifts ban on Canadian beef and pork as swine fever devastates China’s hog farms
China has reopened its market to imports of Canadian pork and beef after a four-month ban in a move that signals a partial thaw in trade relations and will significantly help Canadian farmers.


Tomato bacterial spot fought in transplant seedlings
New findings from University of Florida (UF/IFAS) scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease.

New Vegetable Varieties Ready for Automation Innovation
It’s no secret labor shortages are driving vegetable growers to adopt harvest automation. But there’s a significant hurdle to the movement: Not all vegetables lend themselves nicely to automation. Vegetable seed breeders are aware of the status quo and are on the job.

Back to Top 


Raven Industries to Acquire Majority Share in Dot Technology
Dot Technology Corp., today announced that it has entered into an agreement wherein Raven Industries, a manufacturer of agriculture technology with a focus on autonomous farming, will acquire majority ownership of Dot. Funds will be used to support the continued commercialization and evolution of the Dot Power Platform and Dot Ready Implements.


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:   December 6, 2019

Date de publication : 
le 7 Novembre 2019
Agriculture et Terres

Renseignements généraux

Ministère de l'Agriculture et Terres
Immeuble Jones, 5e étage
11, rue Kent
C.P. 2000
Charlottetown (Î.-P.-É.) C1A 7N8

Téléphone : 902-368-4880
Télécopieur : 902-368-4857

Suivez-nous sur Twitter

Service de renseignements agricoles