Out Standing in the Field is a podcast by Perennia directed at producers of field crops in Nova Scotia and aims to provide information that will help to grow and support the industry. Each month, Perennia’s Field Crops Specialist, Caitlin Congdon, will speak with experts and dive into production practices, pest management, equipment, and more.


Season 2

E6S2: Cover Cropping in the Soybean Year with Heather Darby

In this episode, Heather Darby joins Caitlin for a conversation on cover cropping opportunities in soybeans. Heather is a professor and agronomic and soils specialist for the University of Vermont Extension, where she is involved with implementing many research and outreach programs in the areas of fuel, forage and grain production systems in New England. They discuss where the producers she works with have found opportunities for cover cropping in the soybean year and how to make the most out of seasonal constraints.

Caitlin is joined by three Nova Scotian producers who participated and won awards in the 2022 Maritime Yield Enhancement Network. They discuss some of the takeaways from participating in the YEN so far and share insights into their winter wheat management practices.

E4S2: Adjusting Fertility for Strip-Till Corn with Ben Rosser

In this episode, Caitlin is joined by Ben Rosser, corn specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, to discuss adjusting fertility practices for strip-tilled corn, including fertilizer placement options and some work that’s being done in Ontario on safe rates for strip-placed fertility.

E3S2: Intercropping with Yunfei Jiang

In this episode, Caitlin welcomes Dr. Yunfei Jiang, Assistant Professor of Agronomy at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture. Yunfei explains some of the benefits and challenges of intercropping and discusses some of the research work that she is currently involved in with the Eastern Canadian Oilseeds Development Alliance and some of what she hopes to do in the future with both ECODA and the Atlantic Grains Council.

E2S2: Intro to Living Labs with Katherine Rutherford and Carolyn Marshall

In this episode, Caitlin is joined by Katherine Rutherford, Living Labs Coordinator, and Carolyn Marshall, Environment and Climate Change Manager, both with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. They talk about the Living Labs initiative that has been rolled out across the country by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and discuss the planned projects taking place in Nova Scotia.

E1S2: European Corn Borer and More! with Dr. Jocelyn Smith

Corn pests were abundant in Nova Scotia during the 2022 growing season. Dr. Jocelyn Smith from the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus has been leading the charge on monitoring for Bt-resistant European corn borer in the Maritimes, Ontario, and beyond. On this episode of the podcast, we listen in on a presentation on ECB given in late August 2022 in New Brunswick. Then Jocelyn joins me in the field to chat about other pest pressures, including Western bean cutworm and corn rootworm.

E7S1: Underseeding Red Clover into Winter Wheat with Peter Johnson

Spring is coming and now is the time to think about underseeding red clover into your winter wheat. “Wheat Pete” Peter Johnson joins me this month to chat about how red clover can benefit the next year’s crop, whether to use single or double cut types, and when is the best time to terminate the cover.

E6S1: Corn Pests with Tracey Baute

In this episode, Tracey Baute, Field Crops Entomologist with OMAFRA, joins me to discuss all things corn pests! We’ll tackle the hard hitting questions like “What’s going on with European corn borer?” “How will climate change affect corn pest populations?” “What’s the best strategy for selecting an effective Bt-trait package?” and more.

E5S1: Planting Soybeans Green with Heidi Reed

This month I’m joined by Dr. Heidi Reed, Agronomy Educator at Penn State University Extension to discuss planting soybeans into green cover crops. We cover why soybeans are a great choice for planting green, some of the potential benefits and challenges to the practice, equipment considerations for success, and more.

E4S1: Maritime Variety Trials with Doug MacDonald and Dan MacEachern

In this episode, Doug MacDonald, coordinator of the Maritime Soybean Variety Trials, and Dan MacEachern, coordinator for the Maritime Cereal Cultivar Trials, join the podcast to discuss why local variety research is important and how the annually produced guides can help you select the best fit for your farm.

E3S1: Malting Barley Production with Aaron Mills

In this episode, I talk to Aaron Mills, a research scientist at AAFC in Charlottetown, PEI, about malting barley production in the Maritimes. We discuss some of the challenges presented by our Maritime climate, as well as the unique quality parameters looked for in malting barley in comparison to the feed barley we’re more familiar with growing.

E2S1: Strip Tilling Corn with Keith Martin

In this episode we discuss the do’s and don’t’s of strip tillage with guest Keith Martin of M.K. Martin Enterprises, manufacturers of strip tillage equipment in Ontario. We will dig into how strip tillage fits with different systems as well as equipment requirements and maintenance.

E1S1: Weed Management in Winter Wheat with Mike Cowborough

In this episode, we dive into weed management in winter wheat with our guest Mike Cowborough, Weed Management Specialist in Field Crops at OMAFRA. We will explore why weed control in winter wheat is important, how understanding which weeds are present in your field affects application timing and play a quick fire round of “Kill that Weed”, matching effective products to common problem weeds in the province.

Introducing Out Standing in the Field