BERRY MONITORING

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) service is available for blackberry, blueberry, currant, raspberry, and strawberry crops.  Spotted wing drosophila monitoring is available as an additional service in all berry crops.

Weekly visits are made to each field during the growing season to collect and record the occurrence of related pests and diseases which are listed with each crop. If a disease cannot be identified visually, a plant sample can be sent for analysis to the BCAGRI lab for a separate fee. Recommendations for control will be made when deemed necessary to avoid economic loss. A detailed report is delivered to the client after each visit.

It important to note that IPM service involves the systematic sampling of the crop to assess overall trends in pest populations and does not provide an absolute count of the total pest population in a field.
Blackberries

Monitoring begins in May and continues weekly until the end of August for the following pests and their natural enemies.  Predatory mite releases may be recommended for spider mite hotspots.

  • Aphids
  • Leafhoppers
  • Crown Borer
  • Weevils
  • Spider Mites
  • Leafrollers, Cutworms
  • Downy Mildew
  • Crown Gall
  • Botrytis Fruit Rot
Blueberries

In early April, weekly monitoring begins and continues until August for the following pests and their natural enemies.  Intensive Scorch and Shock Virus monitoring is available for an additional charge.

  • Aphids
  • Blueberry Midge
  • Leafrollers
  • Spanworms
  • Weevils
  • Anthracnose Fruit Rot
  • Alternaria Fruit Rot
  • Scorch and Shock Viruses
  • Botrytis Fruit Rot
  • Canker
  • Frost Damage
  • Mummyberry
  • Bacterial Blight (Pseudomonas)
Currants

Monitoring begins in May and continues weekly until August for the following pests and their natural enemies.  Predatory mite releases may be recommended for spider mite hotspots.

  • Aphids
  • Spider Mites
  • Sawflies
  • Currant Fruit Fly
  • Leafrollers
  • Caterpillars
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Leaf Spot
Raspberries

Monitoring begins in mid-April and continues weekly until August for the following pests and their natural enemies.  Predatory mite releases may be recommended for spider mite hotspots. We may also make recommendations for the application of the parasitoid, Trichogramma minutum for biocontrol of caterpillar contaminants.

  • Aphids
  • Raspberry Crown Borer
  • Fruitworm Beetles
  • Leafrollers
  • Spider Mites
  • Weevils
  • Botrytis Cane Wilt
  • Botrytis Fruit Rot
  • Crown Gall
  • Root Rot
  • Spur Blight
  • Yellow Rust
  • Viruses
Strawberries

Monitoring begins in mid-April for the following pests and their natural enemies.  Predatory mite releases may be recommended for fields with established spider mite populations.

  • Aphids
  • Caterpillars, Leafrollers
  • Cyclamen Mites
  • Lygus Bugs
  • Spider Mites
  • Thrips
  • Weevils
  • Fruit Rot
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Root Rot
  • Viruses

June-bearing Strawberries

Fields are monitored intensively before harvest. Monitoring is reduced when fields are renovated after harvest.

Dayneutral Strawberries

Intensive thrips and lygus monitoring will be carried out for the entire blossom period. Monitoring continues weekly until the end of August.

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)

This service is available in all berry crops. Baited traps are placed in the plant canopy during the fruit ripening period.  Trap contents are examined under the microscope weekly to count the number of male and female flies. These counts are included in a written report after each field visit. 

Blueberry Scorch Virus

In 2008, the United States Drug Administration (USDA) implemented requirements for blueberry scorch virus (BlScV) strains BC-1 and BC-2 in all Vaccinium species exported from Canada to the USA. E S Cropconsult Ltd is authorized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to provide BlScV testing that meets the USA requirements.

As per the Oregon 2002 protocol for imported blueberry stock, all products destined for export must be clearly marked and a percentage of plants, depending on the total number in the propagation lot must be tested for BISCV. Leaf samples are collected from the required number of plants, pooled in groups of five, and placed into a labelled bag. Samples are couriered to Phyto Diagnostics Ltd, a CFIA approved laboratory located in Saanich BC for virus testing. Virus testing of containerized plants must be completed between July 1st and August 31st for plants shipped in the dormant season.

Contact us in spring to schedule testing for lots destined for shipment. For spring shipments (i.e. plants with green leaf tissue), export lots must be tested prior to shipping. Contact us as soon as you know you will be shipping. It can take up to two weeks to obtain lab results and provide the confirmation letter.