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Views from the
Field

North Carolina strawberry growers discuss their experiences with and reasons for using different soil management practices.

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Strawberry farmer interview

Views from the
Field

North Carolina strawberry growers discuss their experiences with and reasons for using different soil management practices.

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picture of cover crops in field, strawberry fruit and newly germinated cover crop

New Publication
“Sustainable Practices for Plasticulture Strawberry Production in the Southeast” is now online!

Now is a great time to start thinking about ways to improve your production practices for the future and with that in mind we are happy to introduce the recently published extension publication ‘Sustainable Practices for Plasticulture Strawberry Production in the Southeast’! http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/sustainable-practices-for-plasticulture-strawberry-production-in-the-southeast/ This publication outlines and includes: Recommendations for incorporating cover crops into plasticulture strawberry production. A Link to a video that demonstrates plug inoculation Help calculating Nitrogen inputs from compost and cover crops Production Calendar Links to other resources. The management practices are backed up by considerable research and some were discussed by Amanda McWhirt during her presentation at the Strawberry Expo.  If you have questions you can contact her at almcwhir@ncsu.edu.

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Dr. Barclay Poling discussing frost and freeze strategies

Using a Digital
Thermometer to Guide Your Decisions in Frost and Freeze Events

Whether you rely on overhead sprinkler irrigation or floating row covers to protect your strawberries, you will find one instrument as indispensable as a good weather forecast — a hand-held digital thermometer. Learn how to measure blossom temperature with this tool in this video

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Frost injured strawberry crowns

Cold Injury To
Strawberry Crowns (Video)

Freezing injury in strawberry is easily seen by cutting the crowns length-wise. In this video we demonstrate this technique to help you assess whether the strawberry plant crown has been injured by cold weather in late fall and/or winter.  Strawberry plants are quite resilient, and even if you see evidence of internal cold injury to crown tissues, do not automatically assume that there will be a serious crop reduction.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Strawberry-Specific
Food Safety Resources

The issue of food safety spans the spectrum of the specialty crops industry having potentially damaging impacts on the entire supply chain.General food safety guidance is highlighted as well as specific tools that all growers should have either developed for their individual farms or have at their fingertips!Specific resources have been designed to assist growers in discussions with their clients, whether school tours, community supported agriculture (CSA) members or u-pick customers, on food safety practices that they are implementing on their own farm and the role that each of them play in keeping our food supply fresh and safe. To find more resources, click on strawberry food safety

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Strawberry farmer interview

Views from the Field

The video series “Views from the Field” interviews three different strawberry growers in North Carolina who have experience using soil management practices like crop rotation, cover crops and compost to improve soil health.  MORE »

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