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Introducing “The Southern Fruitcast”: A New Podcast Focused on Small Fruits in the SE

Southern Fruitcast

Dr. Aaron Cato, IPM Specialist, University of Arkansas The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium is an expansive source for unbiased information and news for small fruit growers and county agents across the Southeast. The consortium’s website features production and IPM guides that are updated yearly by specialists across the region,…
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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Jayesh B. Samtani, Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Production Specialist, and Danyang Liu, Ph.D. Candidate, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech. We are just about done with our strawberry season for 2019-20 growing season and like me, most of you are already beginning to think about the…
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Conventional Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura)

Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24060, dgpfeiff@vt.edu. Since its introduction and spread in the US from 2008-2012, spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), SWD has presented a huge problem for berry growers.  SWD is a difficult pest to control.  Because of its high fecundity and number…
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Considerations for the Future of Anthracnose Disease Management in Strawberries

By Guido Schnabel and Madeline Dowling, Clemson University Anthracnose fruit rot, caused by Colletotrichum fungi, is an explosive disease of strawberries and other small fruits that is capable of wiping out an entire crop. The usual gray mold control program can help control anthracnose disease, but when that fails, anthracnose…
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Botrytis Sampling for Fungicide Resistance Development

Dr. Phil Brannen, Extension Fruit Disease Specialist, Plant Pathology, University of Georgia Many of the fungicides utilized for Botrytis management are no longer efficacious due to resistance development in this fungus. Now is a great time to collect Botrytis samples for fungicide-resistance testing. While the funds last, Botrytis resistance testing…
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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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Strawberry Chores – Fall 2019

Compiled by Mark Hoffmann and Barclay Poling, NC State University Grower’s Checklist OCTOBER 2019 Planting Check plants for possible biological (insects and diseases) and physiological (nutrient) disorders prior to planting and treat appropriately or do not plant if Anthracnose is detected. Consult your extension agent if plants appear unhealthy. Get…
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Reflections from this past strawberry season – Summer 2019

This past annual hill plasticulture season in the Southeast was quite rough, characterized by a late start to the season, high disease pressure, often lower yields and an unfavorable berry market, facing low prices due to competition. While not every grower experienced all four of those factors, we rarely found a farm which was not affected by at least one of those problems last season.
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Strawberry Chores – Summer 2019

Compiled by Mark Hoffmann, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NC State University, Raleigh NC; and Barclay Poling, Prof. and Extension Specialist (retired), NC State University, Raleigh NC Summer: After season to pre-plant 2019 The most important strawberry chores for the summer are: removing plastic and old planting material, order your plants,…
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