NS Cranberry update for September!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone has had a good summer, it's hard to believe it's September already!  I had a few things to report on... first off, I attended my first ever NACREW Meeting in August in Quebec City!   NACREW stands for North American Cranberry Research and Extension Workers, and it's a great spot to chat with other extension people working on cranberries as well as a great forum for researchers and graduate students to present their latest cranberry research projects.   The majority of the participants were from the Maritimes, Quebec, BC, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine.  It's great to see how many graduate students (especially in Quebec) are focusing their research on cranberry production and it was wonderful to network with other extension folks and have them as resources down the road as I continue to learn about cranberries! 

I have bought a copy of the Quebec Guide to Cranberry Weeds - there is still a lot of discussion around getting this translated into English and made available to growers, however, if you can't wait and would like to purchase a French copy - you can do so here

Anyone growing cranberries in Nova Scotia who is currently on facebook is invited to join our new 'interactive' facebook group "Nova Scotia Cranberry Growers Assocation" - It's a closed group so you won't be able to see posts or who's in the group until you click the button 'join group'.  We are really hoping this can be a forum for people to ask questions, give crop updates, post pictures etc...  Because we are all scattered throughout the province it's hard to have face to face meetings throughout the growing season but this can be a 'virtual meeting space' for everyone to exchange information and ideas.  And if you aren't on facebook - create a profile, it's free to join and you can use it for the sole purpose of having access to this group!  :-) 

Finally... it's time to think about getting your cranberry tissue sampling done.  I found a great factsheet out of Wisconsin on how to take a sample - you can read it here