Crop Profile for Apple in Canada – 2013 – Synopsis

The domestic apple, Malus domestica, is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family. In Canada, apples are grown in areas where warm summers are complemented by mild winters. Major production areas include British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Approximately 60% of the apples produced in Canada are sold for fresh market. The remainder is used for juice, cider, pie filling and baked goods.

The Crop Profile for Apple, 2013 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for apple in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting apple 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 and gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the three main sections (disease, insect and weed) and under each pest description. Links are provided to national and provincial grower organizations and provincial ministry of agriculture websites and other sources of information on apple production and pest management.

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 Apple 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 Apple in Canada, 2013 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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