Orchard Outlook

Tangible, practical advice and information. Orchard Outlook is a podcast by Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. hosted by our Tree Fruit Specialist, Michelle Cortens. These insightful discussions can help any grower navigate commercial tree fruit production for sweet success.


Wednesday January 15, 2020
E7 S1: Getting to the Core of Breeding

At a time when there are many new apple varieties to choose from, Dr. Amritpal Singh joins us to explain the science that makes it all possible.

Dr. Singh is a research Scientist in tree fruit germplasm development, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and leads the apple and sweet cherry breeding program at the Summerland Research and Development Centre. He has a PhD from the University of Guelph, and was an assistant professor in the department of agricultural biotechnology at Anand Agricultural University in India for six years.

Wednesday December 18, 2019
E6 S1: Digging into Drainage – Guest Scott Anderson

Scott graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, specializing in Soil and Water Management. In the past he’s worked with the PEI Department of Agriculture as a water management specialist and also with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada as the Regional Water Resources Engineer for the Atlantic Region. He now manages large collaborative research projects at AAFC.

Scott Anderson joins us after a particularly wet spring to help us visualize how water behaves below-ground, and he describes how water can be managed using surface and subsurface drainage.

Wednesday November 20, 2019
E5 S1: Winning at Weed Control – Guest Kristen Obeid

Kristen is OMAFRA’s Weed Management Specialist for Horticulture crops. She has a master’s degree in weed science from the University of Manitoba and an honors bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Kristen is a recent recipient of the Excellence in Weed Science Extension Award from the Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS). She joins us to explain the risks and rewards of weed control.

Wednesday October 16, 2019
E4 S1: Fine-tuning Fertility – Guest Bernardita Sallato

Bernardita joins us to talk about the tools and techniques used to monitor plant nutrition. Whether plants can absorb available nutrition is an interesting topic as we reflect on some unusual tree growth from early this season.

Wednesday September 18, 2019
E3 S1: Sensing Fruit Maturity – Guest Dr. John DeLong

Dr. John DeLong joins us to talk about how to measure fruit maturity at harvest using traditional and new methods. Thanks to postharvest physiologists like John, we can enjoy fresh apples long after harvest.

Wednesday August 21, 2019
E2 S1: Apple maggot birth control – Guest Dr. Blatt

Dr. Blatt joins us to talk about apple maggot flies that lay their eggs in apple fruit. The maggots tunnel through apple flesh and can make a real mess that nobody wants to bite into.

Wednesday August 7, 2019
E1 S1: Don’t play with fire blight – Guest Dr. Sundin

In today’s episode, we talk about the bacteria Erwinia amylovora that creates a scorched appearance on infected apple trees, accurately termed fire blight.