Category Archives: Strawberries

Strawberries in Bloom

The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and it won’t be long before we’re picking strawberries. We’re in a critical disease management time now with Botrytis gray mold being our biggest threat.  Gray mold loves … Continue reading

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Spider Mites in Strawberries

Now is the time to be scouting for spider mites.  Even though the weather hasn’t been hot and it definitely hasn’t been dry, we still need to be on the look out.  We’ve seen some infestations in locations where the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Deer Damage

Last week the question was:  Why are these strawberry plants so small when they were planted at the proper time and fertilized properly? These strawberries have been fed on pretty heavily by deer.  There was no fence around the field … Continue reading

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Strawberry Season Off To A Good Start

Though the rain we saw earlier this month delayed the harvest of several crops, conditions improved enough in most areas that strawberry planting went ahead as scheduled.  Here is a field that was planted about two weeks ago. Growers have … Continue reading

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Strawberry Growers Prepping Their Fields

Strawberry growers are putting the finishing touches on their fields now in preparation for planting season.  Here is a field in Marion County that has already had the plastic put down with drip tape and fumigant underneath. In the photo … Continue reading

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Strawberry Production Meetings

There are two production meetings scheduled in South Carolina this year for any growers currently growing or interested in growing strawberries.  Dr. Powell Smith will be in attendance to discuss strawberry insect management and Dr. Guido Schnabel will discuss disease … Continue reading

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Spidermites on Strawberries

A few weeks ago, this post outlined some of the insects that could be found in strawberries in the pre-harvest stage.  Now, in the harvest stage, we can still see problems with some insects.  Spidermites (actually not an insect) can … Continue reading

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Strawberry Disease Control

This is an important time of year to be thinking about diseases in strawberries.  Gray mold or Botrytis  and Anthracnose fruit rot are the most likely diseases to cause yield loses at this point in the game.  Gray mold is … Continue reading

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Pre-Harvest Strawberry Insects

Strawberries are now in the pre-harvest stage.  They’re blooming and and just beginning to develop berries.  Below is a bloom waiting on some pollinators to come along.  To the left of it is a flower bud which has been pollinated and has just … Continue reading

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