Crop Profile for Highbush Blueberry in Canada - 2011 (52 pages) Synopsis
The highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, is a perennial, deciduous, woody shrub in the Ericaceae (heath) family. It was developed by selective breeding from the native lowbush blueberry by the United States Departement of Agriculture in the first half of the 20th century. British Columbia produces over 90% of the highbush blueberry crop in Canada. Other provinces that produce highbush blueberry include Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
The Crop Profile for Highbush Blueberry provides an overview of production and pest management practices for the crop 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 and chemical 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. A list of provincial specialists for highbush blueberry and Integrated Pest Management resources 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 Highbush Blueberry 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.
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