Canadian Nursery Crop Profile: Field Production - March 2003 (68 pp) - Synopsis

Nursery stock has traditionally been grown in the field and then dug with root balls, potted or dug bare root. Despite the growth in container production, field production still makes up the majority of the land in nursery production in Canada. Woody plants including deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs are field produced. Due to the long growing cycle of some nursery crops such as larger caliper trees, both market planning and planning design for field production are important factors.

The Canadian Nursery Crop Profile: Field Production provides an overview of the nursery industry in Canada and field production and pest management practices for field-grown nursery crops. Information is provided on nursery plant propagation, soils and irrigation and fertilization practices. The biology of key disease, insect and mite, weed and animal problems and information on cultural, chemical and biological methods of control, is provided. Pesticide use data and data on industry imports, exports and farm gate receipts for 2001 - 02, is presented. The profile discusses pest management challenges and issues for the diseases, insects and mites and weeds.

Provincial ornamentals and nursery extension specialists are listed at the end of the profile. Links are also provided to national and provincial grower organizations and provincial ministry of agriculture websites, sources of additional information on field production of ornamentals.

The Canadian Nursery Crop Profile: Field Production in Canada 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 Canadian Nursery Crop Profile: Field Production in Canada (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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