The PEI Wild Blueberry Growers Association has received funding from Growing Forward 2 for a series of in-field workshops at participating PEI blueberry farms.

Presenters will discuss key topics that have been identified through recent PEI blueberry crop management programs. There will be time during and after the workshop to talk with presenters, specialists and other growers.

Lise LeBlanc of LP Consulting will discuss blueberry fertility including how to evaluate fields for nutrient deficiencies, how different soils affect nutrients growth, new fertilizer technologies, soil/tissue sampling and what are good level in reports. LeBlanc has developed nutrient management programs for Maritime blueberry growers and has developed over 1800 plans for agriculture.

Amanda Eisses of LP Consulting will talk about pest ID and pesticide application, covering such topics which pests can’t be eradicated but can be managed, key times for ID, how does canopy affect microclimate and disease control, and contact vs. systemic.

Pollination will be covered by Gaetan Chiasson, who has over 37 years working with NB and Quebec blueberry producers. He will touch on such topics as what is a good degree of pollination per flower, costs/benefits, which is the best pollinator and how to evaluate a fruit set.

Sessions will be held July 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the farm of Gerry Hackett , 357 Ascension Rd, Tignish; David MacNearney's farm at 117 Dundee Road in West St.Peters , July 30 from 10:00-12:00;the same day form 3-5 p.m. on the farm of Paul Gallant in Rollo Bay and July 31 from 10:00-12:00 at the Wymans facility in Mt. Vernon.

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