Crop Profile for Greenhouse Tomato in Canada, 2011 (48 pages) – Synopsis
The tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum, is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family.
All greenhouse-grown tomatoes are sold for fresh consumption. Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and beta carotene and contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may help to prevent cancer.
Greenhouse tomatoes are produced in most provinces of Canada. Ontario is the largest producer (64% of national acreage), followed by British Columbia (22%) and Quebec (11%). There is minor production in Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. (Statistics Canada. Table 001-0006 - Production and value of greenhouse vegetables, annual, CANSIM (database) (accessed: 2012-11-27)).
The Crop Profile for Greenhouse Tomato in Canada, 2011 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for tomato in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting tomato growth. The biology of key disease, insect and mite problems is presented as well as cultural, biological and chemical methods of control. Detailed information is provided in tabular form on pest occurrence, integrated pest management options, biological controls and registered pesticides available to growers.
Grower issues and gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the two main sections (diseases and insects-mites) and under each pest description. Lists of national and provincial grower organizations and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) resources for greenhouse vegetables are provided at the end of the profile.
Limited crop production and market statistics are provided in the profile to give context to the economic importance of the commodity. For more detailed statistics pertaining to the crop, the reader is referred to Statistics Canada.
The Crop Profile for Greenhouse Tomato in Canada, 2011 is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Please refer to provincial ministry of agriculture websites for detailed information on crop production and pest management in a specific region. To request a copy of this document, please contact: