Frost/Freeze Protection

I know the groundhog said that we will have an early spring but we still have frost and freezes in a normal Georgia spring. Go ahead and get the row covers ready because it looks like we may have a roller coaster ride ahead of us.  In middle Georgia we…
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Testing for Botrytis Resistance in Georgia Strawberries

We are already having Botrytis showing up on strawberry blooms.  It is therefore a good time to test Botrytis for resistance to the various fungicide classes that are active against this pathogen group.  Clemson University (Guido Schnabel) will once more test for resistance to Botrytis, but this will be the…
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Early Season Fertility

Temperatures have been up and down for the southeast but it is still a little too early to begin injecting Nitrogen in most areas of Georgia.  The exception would be if you are growing strawberries in the lower coastal plain.  One thing that we all need to be considering is…
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Strawberry Planting Season

Strawberries should be in the ground across Georgia so what is the next thing that growers need to look out for?  Pre-plant practices such as rotation, fumigation and fertilization all ensure our strawberry crop gets off to a good start.
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Spider Mite Damage on Strawberry

Shane Curry (Appling County Extension Agent) sent a photo of spider mites (see attached) on strawberry, and the numbers are tremendous.  Strawberry producers should be scouting for mites at this time, since the conditions have been warm enough for the mite population to explode in some areas, despite significant rainfall. …
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What to Look for Now

By now most of us should be well into our early fertility regime on plasticulture berries.  Beginning with about a 1/2 pound per acre per day (3.5 lbs. of N per week) to get the crop started.  As we move further into March we should gradually increase this rate to…
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