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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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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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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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Strawberry Growers Checklist

Professor Emeritus and Assistant Professor, Small Fruit Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University, and Jayesh Samtani, Assistant Professor, Small Fruit Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech October 2021 Planting Check plants for possible biological (insects and diseases) and physiological (nutrient) disorders prior to planting and treat appropriately. Consult your extension agent if…
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Growers Checklist: Strawberries

Barclay Poling (ret.) and Mark Hoffmann, NC State University JULY Make key decisions about varieties and plant types for next season. Order your plants!! Remember, tips need to arrive 4-6 weeks prior to planting. Other immediate field operations: remove and recycle plastic – some growers use tobacco balers to compress…
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Pythium and weed control efficacy with anaerobic soil disinfestation using brewers spent grain and yeast amendment

Danyang Liu, Jayesh Samtani, Jeffrey Derr, Charles Johnson, Xuemei Zhang, Virginia Tech. and David Butler, University of Tennessee Anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) is a promising preplant method that could be a potential alternative to chemical fumigation. Anaerobic soil disinfestation involves incorporating carbon  amendments into the soil of beds to be…
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Arkansas Strawberry Variety Trial Results: 2020 and 2021 Seasons

Dr. Amanda McWhirt, Horticulture Specialist, University of Arkansas We have conducted strawberry variety evaluations over the last two years to compare ten strawberry cultivars for yield, and fruit quality measures in Arkansas. Trials were conducted at the University of Arkansas Vegetable Research Station near Ft. Smith (zone 7b).  In both…
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Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series

The Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series will take place throughout 2021. This series is hosted by the University of Arkansas in collaboration with university specialists from across the southeastern region. This webinar series is sponsored by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium and is open *free* to county agents, and…
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Featured Additions to the 2021 Southeast Regional Strawberry IPM Guide

By Rebecca A. Melanson, MSU Extension The Southeast Regional Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Guide Focused on Plasticulture Production is revised annually by a team of university specialists. These annual revisions include updates to pesticide efficacy ratings, management recommendations, and product information. Along with these regular annual updates, a number of…
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