The cranberry weevil, Anthonomus musculus Say; the blackheaded fireworm, Rhopobota naevana (Hübner); and the cranberry fruitworm, Acrobasis vaccinii Riley, are major cranberry pests in Québec. Currently the only insecticide registered to control the cranberry weevil in conventional production is Actara® 25WG (thiamethoxam), a neonicotinoid considered extremely toxic to bees.
After reviewing the potential risks the active compound poses to aquatic invertebrates, the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency decided to withdraw thiamethoxam products by 2021. The only two effective registered products available for controlling the blackheaded fireworm and cranberry fruitworm are Altacor® (chlorantraniliprole) and Intrepid® 240 (methoxyfenozide).
Due to the high prevalence of these pests, insecticide treatments are required every year to limit crop damage. Given there are just two products available, farmers are obliged to rotate them over a two-year period. This project’s aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of HARVANTA® 50SL to control these three insect pests, with the goal of providing data to support an URMULE program application.
From 2019 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control, Ecosystem protection
This initiative will help Québec growers better control cranberry pests, while protecting beneficial insects.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation | Quebec Cranberry Growers Association
Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.
As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.
The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.