The rapid early growth of Haskap places them ahead of many insect and disease organisms, however this early lifecycle makes Haskap berries particularly inviting to hungry wildlife, as they are one of the first available fruit in the spring.
Bird-feeding activity is a pest problem of economic significance. These tasty berries are targeted by many species, but most notably cedar waxwings. We recommend bird netting as a barrier. Bird scaring devices are also an option. Phytocultures has been active in developing bird control measures for our commercial plantation site. We welcome you to visit and observe our berry loss prevention techniques.
Other wildlife such as deer, rabbits, mice, and bears could present issues as well, depending on your region. Take note of potential pests in your area and control appropriately (e.g., deer fencing).
Insect pest issues to date have been minimal and damage caused by early spring emerging insects may be below an economic control threshold. We are closely monitoring the presence of the spotted wing drosphila (a fruit fly species) as a potential pest, but have not yet observed any negative impact on berry yield or quality. It is also worth noting that early spring caterpillars may roll terminal leaflets, graze emerging buds, and create an ideal environment for the development of Botrytis.