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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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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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good botrytis

Introducing the
Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk Tool

To predict and forecast strawberry fruit infection risk by Colletotrichum acutatum (anthracnose fruit rot) and Botrytis cinerea (Botrytis fruit rot) in North Carolina, a weather based model has been developed for each pathogen. The Strawberry Fruit Infection Tool will help strawberry growers time fungicide sprays based on the weather. Visit the introduction page to learn more.

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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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Strawberry

Risk Management
Resources for Strawberry Growers

The risk management materials on this portal cover topics ranging from marketing and human resources to legal and food safety issues. Crop insurance products are presented in addition to disaster assistance programs and agricultural contracts. You will find links to relevant risk management organizations and other resources that will help reduce the risks for your operation.

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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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Update on SWD from Dr. Burrack (Thur, 6/2/16)

We have observed spotted wing drosophila infestation at several berry growing locations already this spring. This includes both untreated research station plots and treated commercial farms (although I have not specifically singled out MORE »

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International Strawberry SymposiumSun Aug 14 - Wed Aug 17, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Quebec City, QC, Canada
— 3 weeks away
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