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Pest control information for fruit growers

Cover image of 2016-2017 Guide to Fruit Production
Horticulture pest and pesticide guides had been notoriously hard to obtain in previous years, but there are a number of new online resources available to producers that can help guide their pest control decision making in 2017.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has produced a downloadable document called Guide to Fruit Production 2016-2017, Publication 360. This document includes information for most fruit crops grown in Saskatchewan regarding insect and disease pest problems, nutrient recommendations, soil management, pesticide registrations and scheduling. Growers following this guide should ensure that they carefully read pesticide labels before selecting or using Ontario’s recommendations, since Saskatchewan conditions and registrations may not be exactly the same as Ontario’s.

In regard to Haskap, there are very few pesticide resources available online. This corresponds with the status of very few pesticide registrations, and little knowledge about pests that damage this crop. One of the biggest areas of concern for Haskap growers is weed control. There is an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) herbicide screening report written by Mireille Bellemare. Please contact Forrest Scharf at for more information.

In regard to strawberry, an excellent resource is the 140-page Midwest Strawberry Production Guide from Ohio University Extension. This guide includes information about site selection, cultivars, cultural systems, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and weed control.

British Columbia has an excellent website that captures most of the tree fruit crop pests and pesticide information that Saskatchewan growers would require. This “one-stop guide for managing your crops” is available online.  Another excellent resource document available online for $15 USD from Penn State Extension is the Tree Fruit Production Guide (2016-2017). A sample of this guide can be viewed at Penn State Extension's website.

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