Minor Use Pesticide Priorities for NS Cranberry- Please join us or share your comments

Friday, November 3, 2023

Hi, everyone

It is time for another year's minor use pesticide priorities selection. In the 2023 production season, both weeds and diseases had a great year to grow. What are the top diseases and weeds that concern you during the production season? Do you have enough management tools to tackle them? What about insect pests?

We want to hear from our cranberry growers about pests that concern them in the current season; if you have enough tools to manage them; if you would like to see new chemicals to help with a particular pest issue that is a growing concern. There are a lot more related to pesticides and pest issues we want to hear from you. You can share your comments with Hugh Lyu (Cranberry Specialist, hlyu@perennia.ca, 902-890-0472) OR join the meeting on November 21 (1-2 PM through Zoom, please see details below.

I also want to share what are the top pest issues for the cranberry sector in NS in 2022. This is what we discussed in last year’s meeting:


1.      Broadleaf and low-growing weeds;

2.      Dewberry

3.      Horsetail


1.      Cranberry Fruitworm

2.      Black Vine Weevil

3.      Blackhead fireworm

4.      Sparganothis fruitworm


1.      Fruit rots



Meeting Information:

Please save the date for our annual selection of minor use pesticide priorities for Nova Scotia crops. The session for berry crops will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, November 21 from 1 PM to 2 PM. 


Perennia’s minor use representative, Michelle Cortens, and the provincial minor use coordinator Deney Augustine Joseph will briefly outline the process. Then as a group you will be guided through the different crops to assess the priority pest control needs for insects, weeds/growth regulators, and diseases. If you have potential solutions on your radar (products registered in other crops or for other uses) or have heard of products you might be interested in, please bring those along as well.


Any grower is welcome to attend, so if you know of someone who would like to attend please let me know so I can include them on the contact list. If you can’t make the meeting, please send me your critical pest issues and any potential solutions for consideration at the meeting.


The selected priorities will then be submitted on behalf of the province and used in ranking the national priorities.



Minor Use Berries

Tuesday, November 21 at 1-2 PM

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