Neopestalotiopsis is now showing up in Florida strawberries. Last year was relatively benign for this disease in Florida, and the same was generally true in Georgia. However, wetter conditions may be the trigger. We know from a trial conducted last year near Baxley, GA that no amount of fumigation or cultural practices (e.g. weed control or removing old crop residue) will completely alleviate the pathogen from the field. Though we never saw the disease in the field at this trial site, we could still find the pathogen at the end of the season. See the article below for information from Florida, and be on the lookout for the disease.
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