Crop Profile for Sweet Corn in Canada, 2012 (64 pages) - Synopsis

Corn (Zea mays) is a member of the grass (Poaceae) family and it has been grown as a farm crop for more than 800 years. Sweet corn is one of the major field grown vegetable crops in Canada, with a farm gate value of $72 million in 2012, placing it third in crop value behind carrots and tomatoes. Annual Canadian sweet corn production ranges between 200,000 to 240,000 metric tonnes. Sweet corn is grown on over 20,000 hectares of land, making it the most extensively planted vegetable in Canada, grown in all provinces.

The Crop Profile for Sweet Corn in Canada, 2012 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for sweet corn 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, chemical and alternative 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 and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 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 Sweet Corn in Canada, 2012 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 Sweet Corn in Canada, 2012 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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