Saskatoon berries are an exciting new crop in Manitoba with long term industry potential. Historically, saskatoons have been a widely used native Prairie fruit crop picked in the wild. Commercial saskatoon berry production is a relatively new development. Although, the first saskatoon orchard in Manitoba was planted fewer than 20 years ago, current planted acreage makes the saskatoon berry the second largest commercial fruit crop in Manitoba today, second only to strawberries. Primary market studies indicate the potential to produce, process and export saskatoon berry products is world wide. Consumers are attracted to the unique subtle flavour of a "wild" fruit product made from saskatoon berries.
The area planted to saskatoons continued to increase year after year. In the past, growers experienced between 2% to 5% of total plant loss due to complications from winter injury and cytospora canker (arising from poorly drained or exposed site selection), as well as from wooly elm aphid infestations.
Average yields for orchards in Manitoba are 3000-4000 lbs/ac.
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