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Welcome to the Updated Small Fruit News

The newsletter is undergoing some updates. There is now a team of editors collecting articles and events: Entomology Section: Doug Pfeiffer (Virginia Tech) Plant Pathology Section: Rebecca Melanson (Mississippi State University) Horticulture/ Production Section: Jayesh Samtani (Virginia Tech) Editor at Large: Amanda McWhirt (University of Arkansas) You will notice there…
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COVID-19 Resources for Small Fruit Growers

Alabama: Auburn University resource website Arkansas: COVID-19 Main page Guidance for Farmers Markets Personal Hygiene, Worker Safety and Marketing Resources Louisiana: Best practices to minimize COVID-19 risk while harvesting fresh produce Best practices to minimize COVID-19 risk at the farmers market Cleaning and disinfection of food-contact and touch surfaces for…
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Blueberry School Webinar Series Now on YouTube

Authors: Amanda McWhirt and Bill Cline A Virtual Blueberry School was conducted in 2019 covering the major aspects of blueberry production in the Southeastern U.S. The school consisted of a series of live grower workshops in May, June and September in Arkansas and a four-part weekly webinar series offered exclusively…
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Periodical cicada is coming!

Compiled by Doug Pfeiffer, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24011 This year (and next) we expect in parts of our southeastern region, one of the most predictable fruit pests we have – periodical cicada! Periodical cicada will have major outbreaks in Virginia in 2020 and 2021.  This pest…
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Spotted lanternfly – Watch for a new invasive pest!

Compiled by Doug Pfeiffer, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061 Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive pest so far restricted to the mid-Atlantic states. As it expands its range, it has entered the northern part (Virginia) of our Southeastern region. It is likely to expand considerably. While grape…
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Upcoming Events

Alabama “Q&A FRIDAY!” This event will be done every Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A Facebook live event covering all things Horticulture. The event can be accessed through the team’s Facebook page. Tennessee “Fruits of the Backyard,” June 9. (in-person and virtual tours are planned) Get more information. “Steak…
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Colletotrichum resistance to QoI fungicides such as Abound and Pristine is prevalent throughout strawberry fields in Georgia

Compiled by Phil Brannen, Md Emran Ali, Jeff Cook, Sumyya Waliullah, and Owen Hudson 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 as a whole. Dark, sunken lesions on fruit are the…
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