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Pome Fruit

Insects

Plum curculio causes serious economic damage in apples and pears, reducing crop yields by up to 85% if untreated. Adults overwinter and mate and feed on developing leaves, blossoms and fruitlets, and continue feeding on fruit through September.

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Aphids are small, wingless insects that usually appear in large numbers. They excrete a sugary substance (honeydew) that sticks to the surface of leaves, giving a glossy appearance. Most aphids produce several generations per year, and damage often includes terminal leaves curling downward, and sticky from honeydew. There are many species of aphids affecting fruit trees across Canada, including green apple, rosy apple, woolly apple, green peach and black cherry aphids.

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Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is on its way to Canada. Originally from Asia, this species was introduced to North America in the mid 1990s. An excellent hitchhiker, BMSB attacks a wide variety of plants, has no effective natural enemies in North America and has already been detected in 39 states. To date, BMSB has been intercepted coming into several Canadian provinces on imported goods and in vehicles.

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Lepidopteran pests are a wide range of insects that include moths and butterflies, and infect most horticultural crops in Canada. Adults are active fliers that are able to suck plant nectar and other fluids, but not chew. Larvae do much of the crop damage with their well-developed mandibles.

Related product:  DiPel®

Weeds

Broadleaf and grassy weeds compete with crops for vital nutrients, moisture and sunlight. A wide range of problematic weeds interfere with a variety of tree fruit crops.

  • Common ragweed
  • Eastern black nightshade
  • Dandelion
  • Green foxtail
  • Hairy nightshade
  • Lamb’s-quarters
  • Pigweed

Related product: Chateau®

Plant Growth Regulators

Thinning is recognized as one of the most important components of commercial fruit production. Pome fruit growers know that too many apples on the tree results in small fruit size, poor quality and a reduced crop the following year.

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Red delicious apples require extra attention to improve fruit shape – elongating the fruit and developing prominent calyx lobes that are characteristic of this variety.

Related product: Promalin®

Managing apple maturation, ripening and fruit drop helps plan harvesting, including the use of labour, equipment and transportation. Keep fruit quality at optimum firmness as your crop heads into storage.

Related product: ReTain®