Crop Profile for Cranberry in Canada, 2013 (53 pages) - Synopsis

The large-fruited American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is a member of the heath (Ericaceae) family. Native to North America, cranberry is a perennial evergreen vine that grows in wetland areas. Early European settlers were introduced to cranberries by First Nations peoples who used the fruit for food and medicines. Commercial production of the crop in Canada began in the late 1800s in Nova Scotia.

The Crop Profile for Cranberry in Canada, 2013 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for this crop in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting crop 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 for the crop.

Grower issues/gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the three main sections (disease, insect/mite and weed) and under each pest description. Pest management resources, including websites, publications, grower organizations and provincial specialists for cranberry are provided at the end of the profile.

Limited production and market statistics are provided to give context to the economic importance of the crop. For more detailed statistics, the reader is referred to Statistics Canada.

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

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