Project Description

PROTECTED BERRY

Greenhouse food production in Canada is a billion-dollar industry that continues to grow over time. With an increasing demand for locally sourced produce, greenhouse-grown fruit presents a unique opportunity to fill the gap year-round. With a 5% national increase in greenhouse fruit and vegetable sales from 2018 to 2019, the momentum of the protected production sector is growing. This increase was also noted in Nova Scotia, marking a 7% increase in sales in 2019.

Nova Scotia is home to a handful of protected berry producers. This is primarily seen with commercial strawberries but is becoming popular with raspberry and blackberry producers as well. Protected crop production presents many opportunities for growers. First and foremost, growing berries under cover provides protection from the elements. Rainfall can be difficult to navigate on newly-ripened fruit, as it has an extremely small window for harvest and is at risk of becoming unmarketable. By growing in a tunnel or greenhouse, you are able to eliminate this issue completely. Not only is there a lower incidence of disease on the berries, but on the foliage as well, allowing for more productive plants overall. While field crops are entirely dependent on the outside temperature, covered spaces can retain heat. This allows for earlier planting, harvesting, and selling compared to an outdoor setup, and protects against unseasonable frosts in late spring and early fall. These benefits can be seen in the most basic of structures, and amplified with increasing complexity in the growing structure.

Important Note

For the most recent and specific product information, always refer to and follow directions on the product label. Labels can be found at Health Canada’s Pesticide Label Search.

Perennia Pest Management Guides are updated regularly, however this information is continuously changing and therefore it can cease to be current and accurate. If any information conflicts with the information on the label, always use the label recommendation.

Please note that we make no warranty or guarantee of any kind, expressed or implied, concerning the use of products listed in these or any publication. The user assumes all risks, whether recommendations are followed or not. Please also note that pesticides registered in the US are not necessarily registered in Canada.

PROTECTED CROPS

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