Crop Profile for Greenhouse Cucumber in Canada - August 2006 (46 pp) - Synopsis
Greenhouse cucumbers, (Cucumis sativus var. sativus), are grown in Canada in regions that are close to major markets and where milder temperatures reduce energy costs. In 2003, the major production areas for greenhouse cucumbers were Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia. All greenhouse cucumbers are sold for the fresh market. Greenhouse cucumbers are grown hydroponically. Computer systems continually monitor and regulate temperature, light, humidity, irrigation and nutrient levels.
The Crop Profile for Greenhouse Cucumber provides an overview of production and pest management practices for greenhouse cucumber in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting its growth. The biology of key disease, insect and mite and weed problems is presented as well as cultural, chemical and alternative methods of control. Detailed information is provided in tabular form on pest occurrence, integrated pest management options and registered pesticides available to growers.
Grower issues/ gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the main sections (disease, insect and mite) and under each pest description. Research contacts are listed in the resources section at the end of the profile. Links are provided to national and provincial grower organizations and provincial ministry of agriculture websites, sources of additional information on greenhouse cucumber production.
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 Cucumber is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Please refer to provincial ministry of agriculture websites and crop specialists for detailed information on crop production and pest management in a specific region.
This profile is based on a report prepared under contract (01B68-3-0042) by:
Janice Elmhirst, Elmhirst Diagnostics and Research, Abbottsford, BC
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