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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Tender Fruit

Tender fruit are produced in Ontario under diverse soil and climatic conditions. The goal is producing a high quality crop using sustainable production techniques, including the pest management system. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been used in Ontario tender fruit orchards since 1969, and is a dynamic and evolving process. There are many pests to watch for but not all show up every year or in every orchard. A good scout can make a significant contribution to the grower, by detecting problems early, by taking time to send samples to confirm disease diagnosis, and by keeping up to date on current problems in the region.

In this module, the six fruits can be identified and/or indicated by the following icons:

Peaches and Nectarines



Sweet Cherries

Sour Cherries


To begin your Tender fruit ipm training, select from the menu on the left.

Peach ripening on tree Pears Apricots Sweet cherries Plums Click to enlarge