Pest Management Guidelines for Juneberries

What pests might affect my juneberries?
Can they be grown organically?
Can I get away with a low-spray program?
Juniper rust

Cornell University has a set of pest management guidelines.  These guidelines are research-based and as accurate as we can make them.

Here’s the bottom line:

Because juneberries are in the Rose family and there are many close cousins (apple, plum, garden roses) with similar pest concerns, you must be prepared to treat outbreaks of fungus and insects.  Otherwise, your juneberry orchard will not produce a crop and you will be increasing the chance that other orchards will be affected and will have to spray more to keep pests under control.

Juneberries can be grown organically, using organic sprays according to label directions.


Rose chafer damage

Pesticides used for juneberries must be registered with New York State and labelled for juneberries.

Cornell’s pest guidelines for juneberries are not available online in 2014.  If you would like pest guideline information (conventional or organic), contact Jim Ochterski at jao14@cornell.edu.  Please include your name, physical address, phone number, and acreage of juneberries or number of bushes to ensure appropriate information.