The Nova Scotia highbush blueberry industry has expanded to more than 500 cultivated acres, of which 470 acres are currently bearing. These numbers are growing annually with several new plantings and young acreages coming into production, resulting in growing market production as well. In 2016 StatsCan reported a crop of over 3.6 million pints valued in excess of $6.6 million farm gate (Statistics Canada. Table  001-0009). Growing highbush blueberries doesn’t come without it challenges, and in recent years the invasive species spotted wing drosophila has been of increasing concern.  This pest has been monitored in NS over the last several years but until 2017 infestations had not resulted in notable losses.


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