Aug. 8, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Crop updates are now available online, Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette announced today.
The updates, which are a new feature of the department's website, are issued every two weeks throughout the growing season. They include information on crop development, weather, pest management and outbreaks, as well as notices of meetings, events and deadlines for producers.
"This new initiative will give agricultural producers in the province valuable information about the progress of their respective crops during the season," Ouellette said. "With staff throughout the province, our department is uniquely qualified to summarize what is happening with crops and to identify any current production problems our producers may be having."
Ouellette believes that the crop updates will help producers better equip themselves to ease risk issues related to crops.
"Production issues such as pest outbreaks can occur rapidly," Ouellette said. "This new service will allow our crop specialists to inform producers about the onset of such problems, and to advise them on procedures to reduce their risk."
Updates are available for apples, cereals, oil seeds, corn, cranberries, forages, potatoes, small fruits, vegetables, wild blueberries and nursery crops, as well as greenhouse and landscape ornamentals.
Since most of the department's clients live and work in rural areas, and don't always have access to broadband Internet service, the crop updates have been kept short and efficient to minimize download times, while at the same time providing links so producers can get more information if they require it.
For more information on crop updates, visit www.gnb.ca (keyword: agriculture) and click on the crop update icon.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.