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  • Please see below for a letter and survey link associated with an updated Strawberry Pest Management Strategic Plan. I just ran through the survey, and it is quick. I hate surveys and normally delete them as quickly as possible, but this one is important to the future of research for the southeastern regional strawberry industry.…

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  • It is back. Unfortunately, we do have one site that has substantial disease from Neopestalotiopsis (Neo for short). Also unfortunately, it is difficult to confirm this disease without microscopy and viewing the spores that are produced in leaf and fruit lesions. Neo looks like anthracnose on fruit, several leaf spots, and Phytophthora root rot —…

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  • The Georgia Department of Agriculture is hosting a pesticide clean day in Coffee County

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  • It looks like most Georgia growers escaped any severe damage during our Christmas freeze. Now is the time to take tissue samples and get ready for another strawberry season.

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  • If you think you need a better County Agent here is your chance to let someone know!

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  • 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…

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  • We are right in the middle of strawberry planting in Georgia and there are some things to consider with cold temperatures coming middle of next week.

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  • Captan is currently under review by the EPA. The review document is below, and it can be perused for the impact of EPAs potential actions on strawberry disease management. EPA is proposing several mitigations for the continued use of Captan. Any responses are currently due by 27 June, but you can request an extension for…

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  • Clemson University has picked up the resistance testing for Botrytis. This is not a free service at this time. However, it is very useful and worth the funds to determine which Botryticides are working. See the attached form for information needed. Additional information from Dr. Guido Schnabel. I worked with our plant and pest diagnostic…

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  • Mark Hoffman, Small Fruit Extension Specialist at NC State, shared this update on the weekend cold weather and what to prepare for in strawberries.

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