Crop Profile for Sweet Cherries in Canada - June 2006 (57 pp) - Synopsis
The sweet cherry, Prunus avium is a member of the Rosaceae (rose) family. Due to sensitivity to spring frosts and untimely rains, sweet cherries can be grown commercially in only a few locations in Canada. British Columbia produces 76% of the Canadian crop. Ontario produces about 24% and there are small acreages in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Quebec.
The Crop Profile for Sweet Cherry provides an overview of production and pest management practices for sweet cherry 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 three main sections (disease, insect and mite and weed) and under each pest description. Research contacts are listed 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 sweet cherry 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 Sweet Cherry 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
Pest management data was collected by focus groups through the Canadian Expert Poll on Crop Protection conducted in British Columbia and Ontario in 2005.
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