Alabama Strawberry Producers Be Wary of Diseases

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By Clint Thompson Strawberry plantings are being conducted across Alabama. Producers need to be wary of different diseases prior to planting. Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the department of entomology and plant pathology at Auburn University, suggests growers apply a fungicide dip to help with Anthracnose. “This will provide some early-season protection against anthracnose and someother diseases,” …

Attention Strawberry Producers: Keep Plants Watered Amid Colder Temperatures

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By Clint Thompson Upcoming cold temperatures in the Southeast could impact strawberry plants being planted. Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties, highlighted in the University of Georgia Extension Strawberry Blog the importance of plants being watered this week as temperatures could potentially drop near or below freezing in some …

Strawberry Scent Matters More Than Sugar Content

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By Kristen Van Gelder Strawberries are liked for their sweetness, flavor and delicious aroma. Both sweetness and aroma vary among cultivars and are influenced by the environment during growth, harvest and post-harvest storage. Strawberry consumers tend to favor fruit with intense sweetness and a fragrant, fresh and fruity aroma. In contrast, consumers tend to dislike strawberries that are sour and …

Strawberry Spotlight: Update on Florida Pearl™ Pineberry

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By Vance M. Whitaker The patented Florida Pearl™ (FL 16.78-109) pineberry is a newcomer on the U.S. berry market in the last two years. It has appeared in stores under multiple brand names, including Pinkaboo and Berry De Blanc. ABOUT THE BERRYPearl has white flesh inside and out, with a pink blush on the outside when ripe. The seeds also …

Strategies for Strawberry Disease Management

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By Jeff Cook, Garrett Hibbs and Phillip Brannen The key to a successful strawberry season is protecting the plants and developing fruit from insects and diseases. Other than spider mites, fungal diseases pose the biggest threat in the form of production losses. Using multiple disease control strategies helps reduce damage and is important in disease resistance management. FIRST STEPS AND …

Florida Strawberry Growers Association: ‘We’re Just Thankful’

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By Clint Thompson Timing can be everything to the success of a crop. If Hurricane Ian had arrived in Florida a week later for example, the state’s strawberry crop could have sustained considerable damage. As it stood, few, if any plants were in the ground last week when the hurricane ravaged the state. Florida producers were fortunate, says Brianne Reichenbach, …

Strawberry Producer Delays Planting Ahead of Ian: ‘Definitely the Right Call’

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By Clint Thompson Florida strawberry producer Dustin Grooms almost started planting his crop on Monday, two days ahead of Hurricane Ian. But he delayed, possibly saving his crop in Plant City where he’s located. Now he just needs the fields to dry out so he can get his strawberry plants in the ground. Time is of the essence. “I had …

Research Update: Strawberry Variety Options for Alabama Growers

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By Clint Thompson Alabama Extension strawberry research trials yielded two viable variety options for growers when compared to Camarosa, the market standard. Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the department of horticulture at Auburn University, led the research, evaluating five different varieties at the Chilton Regional Research and Extension Center. “The objective of this study was to …