Kelvin Lynch1 and Roger Tremblay1
(Partner: Horticultural Producers Association of Southern New Brunswick)
Abstract: Ten commercial strawberry farms in the counties of Queens, Sunbury, York, and Carleton were surveyed for fruit losses due to pests in 1996. Ripe fruit losses were due to gray mold (3.8%), angular leaf spot (0.1%), common leaf spot (0.9%), powdery mildew (0.2%), flower thrips (1.5%), cyclamen mites (0.8%), apical seediness (2.9%) and slugs (1.6%). Some pests had high incidences of infection or infestation on the fruit but this did not translate to reduced marketability. With the total number of fungicide/insecticide/miticide applications averaging less than three per season per crop New Brunswick producers were found to be producing a high quality crop with minimum pesticide usage.
1Potato & Horticulture Branch, NBDARD, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1