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Strawberry variety evaluations in open-field and high tunnel production system

By Jayesh B. Samtani, Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Production Specialist, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech University This past season, we were able to evaluate seven short-day varieties, Camino Real, Chandler, Flavorfest, Keepsake, Merced, Rocco, and Ruby June and three, day-neutral varieties- Albion, San Andreas and…
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Spring 2021 Strawberry Crop Monitoring: Impacts of High GDD Accumulation in November of 2020

By Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas; Jayesh Samtani, Virginia Tech University; Mark Hoffmann, North Carolina State University; Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University; and Guido Schnabel, Clemson University During the fall of 2020 much of the Southeastern region experienced above-average temperatures during November. These warmer than average temperatures…
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Southern Fruitcast

Dr. Aaron Cato, IPM Specialist, University of Arkansas The Southern Fruitcast is hosted by Aaron Cato and Amanda McWhirt, extension IPM and production specialists for fruits and vegetables at the University of Arkansas. This podcast aims to cover the people, technology and latest developments in small fruit production in the…
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Post-harvest insect pest management in small fruit crops

Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech   When the fruit are in, it is easy to think about putting the sprayer away.  But sometimes there are insect issues that can be addressed in post-harvest, fall or winter periods.  Let’s take up a few now.  Grape  In general, it is advisable…
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Our Continuing Search for Better Strawberry Varieties

E. Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus, NC State & Master Licensee for Lassen Canyon Strawberry Nursery; and Whit Jones, Extension Agent (retired), Duplin County & Farm Manager, Cottle Strawberry Nursery  In this paper, we wish to simply report our findings from a strawberry variety and advanced selection trial at a location in Eastern, NC…
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Impact of Fall Cold Injury to Strawberry Crowns on Spring Yield

Amanda McWhirt, Horticulture Specialist, University of Arkansas  In early November of 2019 a cold front moved across the Southeast on Veterans day, and brought drops in temperature of 40-50°F across the state of Arkansas. Lows temperatures dipped to 13-14 °F statewide on Tuesday November 12th, 2019 and in some cases…
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Digital Diagnosis for Disease and Insect Problems

Rebecca A. Melanson, Extension Plant Pathologist, Mississippi State University, and Aaron Cato, IPM Specialist, University of Arkansas Diagnosis is the first step in pest management. It is first necessary to know the cause of a problem before appropriate management methods can be implemented. Management methods that do not accurately address…
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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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