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Strawberry Disease Recommendations

Guido Schnabel (Clemson University) just provided his recommendations for the remainder of the season concerning strawberry disease spray programs. See the strawberry IPM guide at www.smallfruits.org to supplement this information (especially FRAC groups), but I concur with his thoughts as we move forward this season. Guido writes. “In general, based…
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Strawberry Disease Surge

As the coronavirus is wreaking havoc throughout the world, it is hard to get very excited about strawberry diseases – unless you make an income off strawberries.  Unfortunately, the mild temperatures and almost continual rainfall are making it very difficult to manage strawberry diseases at this time. Based on diseases…
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Row Cover Usage

Row covers can be used to accomplish a few different things in strawberry plasticulture.  For us in Georgia, they are best suited for protecting blooms and small fruit from frost as we near our first harvest dates.
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Strawberry Fertility

Spring is just around the corner so we need to be thinking about our strawberry fertility programs.  Now is a great time to get a tissue sample.  This will give you a baseline and let you know if your pre-plant fertilizer has run out.  It also allows you to check…
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Colletotrichum Resistance to QoI Fungicides

Anthracnose fruit rot disease, caused by fungal Colletotrichum species, is one of the most significant disease problems of commercial strawberry production in Georgia and the Southeast.  Resistance to site specific fungicides could result in control failures if proper resistance management strategies are not used.
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Anthracnose Outbreak

Anthracnose is prevalent in strawberry plantings at this time.  As mentioned in the last post, I am concerned about resistance.  If you identify anthracnose in your planting, have it tested for resistance to the QoI (strobilurin) chemistry class (Abound, etc.).  While you wait for test results, apply Switch + Captan…
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