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Fungicide Selection for Botrytis and Anthracnose Fruit Rot Management in Strawberry

The following link should give you excellent, up-to-date information on selection of fungicides for management of strawberry Botrytis and anthracnose fruit rots.  If you observe Botrytis, this fungus can be tested for resistance development at Clemson University.  If you observe anthracnose, this fungus can be tested for resistance at the…
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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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Tissue Sample Now

It doesn’t seem like it but we will begin our fertilizer programs on strawberries very soon, especially south Georgia growers.  There are many nutrients that are important in strawberry production, like nitrogen, potassium and boron.  Nitrogen and potassium are added prior to planting and throughout the growing season.  Boron is…
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Did You Run Short on Plants This Season

It seems that more growers than usual came up short this planting season.  We have tried to find plants when asked but it looks like supplies are tight and there is not much available from growers in Georgia.  The North Carolina Growers Association has a listing of growers that have…
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One More Look at the Weather

Dr. Barclay Poling, Former Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, always has some good information and advice for growers concerning frost/freeze events in strawberries.  See his latest update and check out the local forecast for your area here. https://strawberries.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/03/30-day-ag-weather-outlook-md-va-tn-nc-sc-mon-morning-march-13-2017/ Both freezing temperatures and freeze protection with row covers or irrigation…
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