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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation shows potential as a preplant treatment in Plasticulture Strawberry Production

Danyang Liu and Jayesh B. Samtani, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech The southern region is the second-largest strawberry-growing region of the United States. Strawberry plants are susceptible to soil-borne pests, including weeds and diseases. Early season weeds can compete with newly transplanted strawberry plugs for nutrients,…
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Raspberry Crown Borer Management

Dr. Jackie Lee, University of Arkansas, Fruit Research Station Director My first research project was funded through IR-4 and entailed finding management options for raspberry crown borer (RCB). I began that work in 2003 at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station as an MS student, under the direction of…
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Crush It Arkansas! Wine Quality Workshop

October 26, 2021 Join us for The Crush It Arkansas! Wine Quality Workshop Virtual on October 26, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (CST). The workshop will overview keys to producing quality wine for amateur and commercial winemakers. The workshop will be held as a Zoom meeting and led by…
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Neopestalotiopsis disease in strawberry: what do we know?

Juliana S. Baggio and Natalia A. Peres, UF/IFAS-Gulf Coast Research and Education Center If you grow strawberry or are somehow related to the strawberry industry, you must have heard about a new emerging disease, Pestalotia leaf spot and fruit rot, caused by the fungus Neopestalotiopsis sp. The taxonomy of this…
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Is ‘MidSouth’ a suitable grape for wine?

'MidSouth' clusters before harvest at the MAFES McNeil Research Unit

Haley Williams and Dr. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University Decades of development followed the grape research that was initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture in Meridian, Mississippi in 1937. Eventually this research led to the release of a new grape cultivar from Mississippi State University in 1981. That…
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Mealybugs in the vineyard: Current management and recent research

Pragya Chalise and Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA While working on your grapevines or small fruit crops, you may come across small, white slow-moving insects. These are mealybugs, named for the white powdery secretions covering their bodies. They occur in perennial crops including grapevines and deciduous…
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An Evaluation of Preemergence Herbicides in Newly Planted Blackberries

Kayla Knepp, Masters Graduate Student, University of Arkansas Weed management continues to be a major issue in blackberries. With increasing acres being dedicated to blackberry production there is a growing need to find more tools to combat the timeless issues of weeds. New plantings are particularly sensitive to weed competition…
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Testing once, testing twice … Keeping plants clean from viruses

Strawberry necrotic shock virus

Ioannis Tzanetakis, Professor/Director of the Arkansas Clean Plant Center, University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture Viruses can be a menace to berry crops. A single breeding selection or mother plant can easily be propagated to millions of daughter plants, and if the mother plant is infected, all daughter plants…
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