Crop Profile for Strawberry in Canada, 2013 - (69 pages) - Synopsis

The cultivated strawberry, genus Fragaria, is a member of the Rosaceae (rose) family. Modern varieties cultivated for fruit production are usually crosses between a number of species of Fragaria. Other genome sources include F. x ananassa (F. virginiana and F. chiloensis crosses) and F. x bringhurstii. Fragaria vesca was first cultivated by the Romans in 200 BC. Today, strawberries grow in temperate regions throughout the world. Strawberries have been grown in North America for fruit production since about 1835.

The Crop Profile for Strawberry, 2013 provides an overview of strawberry production and pest management 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. Pest management resources, including websites, publications, grower organizations and provincial specialists for strawberry 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 Strawberry in Canada, 2013 is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Detailed information on crop production and pest management in specific regions is available through provincial ministry of agriculture websites and provincial crop specialists.

The Crop Profile for Strawberry in Canada, 2013 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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