Multi-State Strawberry Weather Update (Noon, Sunday, 3/30/14)

— Written By Barclay Poling

North Carolina – Frost Alert for western piedmont, foothills and mountains tonight. Need to be cautious in light blue area in North Central piedmont (north of Raleigh to VA border)sun nc

NC grower questions on Sunday (weather related)

  • Dr. Poling,
    Now for the next round of questions. We are back to popcorn/tight bulb stage with everything more advanced still under the row covers. Looking at 30 degree low with frost at midnight till eight in the morning. The question is that since everything starting to emerge is inside the plant canopy would watering be necessary at these temps? We have the water and the sleep to keep everything going but with all the rain I am questioning if more irrigation is potentially doing more damage.

NC grower question on Sunday (not sure what is causing this?)

  • Dr. Poling have been meaning to seen u a few pic but with all this cold weather it’s being difficult. I have about 60 plants in the middle of my c amorosa field that looks like this??? The plant next to it looks great do u know what I need to do to make these plants green???
  • Reply – Advise us on anything that you might have done with herbicide? Could you have doubled up? I cannot think of anything else that could cause this sort of symptom up and down these 2 rows.
    johnson 2 brian johnson

MS grower questions on Sunday:

  • Hey dr poling, I am a diversified vegetable grower in north ms and grow a bit less than an acre of plasticulture strawberries each year. My berries are growing on a calcareous silt loam this year that has a ph of 7.5 and I am seeing signs of what looks to be iron chlorosis in the new growth. The crop is on a new farm that I am transitioning to organic and due to the high ph I knew that I should have applied iron, zinc, and copper sulfate before planting but I neglected to do it. I am curious about how much to worry about these nutrient deficiencies and if you could recommend a remedy. I am currently fertigating with fish hydrolysate that has an iron content of 125 ppm. Thanks for any help you can provide, I have attached a few pictures.
    Sincerely, will reed
  • Photos sent by Will:

MS iron chlor 3 MS image 2 Fe MS plants with apparent Fe chlor - shot 1

Reply – The oldest leaves on these plants have much shorter petioles (typical of cold season), and then you have had a real growth spurt in recent days as the newes leaves are very stretched, and are exhibiting what would appear to be Fe chlorosis of young leaf blades. When the deficiency is mild, veins – including veinlets – turn green. The classic CA Bulletin 1917 on strawberry deficiencies, “Strawberry Deficiency Symptoms – A visual and plant analysis guide to fertilization,” by Ulrich, Mostafa and Allen (1992),  mentions a correction measure of using a spray treatment with Fe at 1.5 to 3.0 oz/100 gal on foliage that can be done on a trial basis only and with caution, because damage to flowers may occur! I would very quickly involve the MS Extension service to assist you.

Another grower from MS writes today:

Dr. Poling,

 
     I have followed your advisories from afar for several years. Thanks for all you do to help and promote the Southeastern Strawberry Grower. I just wanted to give my east coast friends a heads up.
 
    On Friday night andSat morning we had about an inch of rain. Forecasts earlySat morning for my location 38661 called for upper 30’s and lower 40’s on Sun morning. Strong north winds during the day on Sat with no wind forecast for Sat night and early Sun morning told me it was going to get colder with ample moisture for a heavy frost. My crew and I meticulously pulled 7 acres of wet covers over blooming berries mid-day on Saturdaytrying to allow enough time for the wind to dry them before dark…Big job.
 
     Sunday morning…heavy frost. Experience in this situation coupled with technology served us well.
 
     Thanks,
     Brooks Brownlee
    Brownlee Farms

Virginia – I noted in the Ashland area (north of Richmond) a forecast of FROST on Tuesday morning (below). Tom Baker (VA Beach and Chesepeake) wrote this morning that,

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“If forecasts for winds and cloud cover are anything near correct, we should be okay.
But we know how those can go, so, yes, we’ll be watching (referring to possibility of frost tomorrow morning). ”

Tom & Anne Baker and Amanda McCann
Brookdale Farm
2060 Vaughan Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23457

In looking at the Chesepeake area, it does look fairly safe over next few days:

AWIS Hourly Forecast For Chesapeake-Ches, VA     
Produced at 11:35 a.m. CDT on Sun Mar 30 2014
Day-Length = 12:31 / Sunrise at  6:54 a.m. / Sunset at  7:25 p.m.

Local               Forecast For     Sunday     March 30, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 55                    MAX= 53
TEMP  64 63 62 62 61 60 59 58 55 53 53 53 52 51 49 49 48 47 47 48 49 49 48 47
DEWP  61 60 60 60 58 57 56 58 49 49 49 44 44 44 43 41 38 35 33 32 30 32 32 32
WETB  62 61 61 61 59 58 57 58 52 51 51 49 48 48 46 45 44 42 41 41 41 42 41 41
WNDS  13 11 10 10  9  8  8  8  8 10 14 17 16 15 14 14 15 16 16 15 14 14 15 16
WNDD         S      SSW       SW        W        W        W      WNW      WNW
CLDC       OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC      OVC
INV    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
DEWF                                                                         
POP6        60       37       38       38       38       32       32       13
Q1     1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Local               Forecast For     Monday     March 31, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 39                    MAX= 61
TEMP  46 45 44 44 43 39 39 42 41 44 47 50 52 55 58 59 61 61 58 55 52 50 48 46
DEWP  31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 30 31 31 32 31 31 34 35 37 37 37 37
WETB  40 39 39 39 38 36 36 38 37 39 40 42 43 44 46 47 47 47 47 46 45 44 43 42
WNDS  15 14 11 10  9  8  8  8  8 11 16 21 21 20 18 18 17 16 13  9  5  5  5  3
WNDD        NW       NW      NNW       NW       NW       NW       NW      NNW
CLDC       OVC      FEW      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR      CLR
INV    0  1  1  1  1  2  2  2  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  2
DEWF                                                                         
POP6        13        3        3        0        0        0        0        0
Q1     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Local               Forecast For    Tuesday     April  1, 2014 
Hour  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                      MIN= 38                    MAX= 68
TEMP  45 43 41 41 40 38 38 39 40 48 53 57 60 64 68 68 68 62 56 55 54 53 52 51
DEWP  37 36 35 36 35 35 35 35 36 38 39 40 40 41 43 43 43 44 44 44 44 44 44 44
WETB  42 40 39 39 38 37 37 37 38 44 46 48 50 52 55 55 55 53 50 49 49 49 48 48
WNDS   3  2  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  6  7  3  3  3  5  6  7  8  8  8  9  9  9  9
WNDD         N        N      NNE      NNE        E       SE       SE      SSE
CLDC       CLR      CLR      FEW      CLR      CLR      SCT      FEW      CLR
INV    3  5  7  7  8 14 14 13  8  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1
DEWF   D  D  D  D  D  D  D  D  D                                             
POP6         0        0        0        0        0        0        0        5
Q1     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Here is the VA AWIS Minimum Temp map for both Mon (Mar 31st) and Tue (April 1st) this week:

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Here are the Max/Min Temps for VA over next 7 days: VA AWIS Mar 30 to Apr 6

South Carolina – here is the Max/Min Temps for SC over next 7 days:SC AWIS Mar 30 to Apr 6 7daytemp.se.2

I just got off phone with SC grower in Florence and they are apparently getting frost alerts for a few of their fields,  so I am including below the AWIS 5-day detailed forecast for a number of locations in SC, as there could be risk of frost Monday morning.

There is a forecast for FROST in Florence:

frost florence

5-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

Tennessee – here is the Max/Min Temps for TN over next 7 days: TN AWIS Mar 30 to Apr 6

It’s going to be chilly in Eastern and Central TN tomorrow morning!

Central Tennessee
                     Sun   Mon     Tue     Wed     Thu     Fri     Sat     Sun
Allardt               56  34  70  45  71  49  75  56  71  54  73  52  65  41  64
Bethpage              60  36  70  48  71  51  78  58  74  57  74  52  64  41  65
Celina                61  33  72  45  73  48  79  54  76  54  75  49  65  37  66
Centerville_Wtr_Plt   67  34  77  46  78  49  85  55  81  55  80  50  71  38  72
Cheatham_L_D          64  34  74  47  75  50  81  56  77  55  77  50  67  38  68
Clarksville_Sew_Plt   62  35  72  47  74  51  80  57  76  56  76  52  66  40  67
Columbia_3WNW         61  34  71  46  73  50  79  56  75  55  75  51  65  39  66
Cookeville            58  34  71  46  72  49  77  56  72  54  74  53  67  41  66
Crossville_AG         54  33  68  44  69  47  73  54  69  53  71  51  63  39  62
Crossville_AP         53  32  68  46  71  50  75  57  70  54  72  54  66  41  63
Dickson_AG            62  37  73  49  74  53  80  59  77  58  76  53  66  42  68
Dover_1W              61  36  72  48  73  52  79  58  76  57  75  53  66  41  67
Fayetteville_TN       62  35  72  48  74  51  80  57  76  56  76  51  66  40  67
Franklin_Sewage_Plt   62  35  73  47  74  50  80  57  77  56  76  51  66  39  67
Jamestown             56  34  70  45  71  49  75  56  71  54  73  52  65  41  64
Kingston_Springs_2NE  62  33  72  46  74  49  80  55  76  54  76  50  66  38  67
Lafayette_TN          63  37  73  49  74  53  81  59  77  58  76  53  67  42  68
Lawrenceburg_Flt_Plt  62  36  72  48  74  52  80  58  76  57  76  52  66  40  67
Lebanon_3W            61  36  72  48  73  51  80  57  76  57  75  52  65  40  67
Lewisburg             61  35  71  47  72  51  79  57  75  56  75  51  65  40  66
Livngston_Radio_WLIV  60  35  73  46  75  49  79  56  74  55  77  53  69  41  68
Lobelville            63  34  73  46  75  50  81  56  78  55  77  51  67  39  69
Mc_Minnville_Tn       61  37  74  48  76  51  80  58  75  57  77  55  70  43  69
Monteagle             56  36  69  47  70  50  75  58  70  56  72  54  65  43  64
Monterey_TN           58  34  71  46  72  49  77  56  72  54  74  53  67  41  66
Mount_Pleasant_2SW    63  36  73  48  74  52  81  58  77  57  77  52  67  41  68
Murfreesboro_5N       62  36  72  49  73  52  80  58  76  57  75  53  66  41  67
Nashville_Metro       61  38  74  51  73  53  81  61  76  59  76  55  66  41  67
Pikeville             61  35  75  46  76  50  80  57  76  55  78  53  70  41  70
Portland_TN           60  36  70  48  71  51  78  58  74  57  74  52  64  41  65
Pulaski_Water_Plant   66  39  76  51  77  54  84  60  80  60  79  55  70  43  71
Shelbyville           64  38  74  50  76  53  82  60  78  59  77  54  68  42  69
Sparta_TN             60  34  74  45  75  49  79  56  75  54  77  52  69  41  69
Springfield           59  35  69  48  71  51  77  57  73  56  73  52  63  40  64
Springhill            61  34  71  46  73  50  79  56  75  55  75  51  65  39  66
Tullahoma             61  37  74  48  76  52  80  59  75  57  78  55  70  44  69
Waverly_4W            62  34  73  47  74  50  80  56  77  55  76  51  67  39  68
Waynesboro_TN         63  34  73  46  74  49  81  55  77  55  76  50  67  38  68
Woodbury_1WNW         63  34  73  46  74  50  81  56  77  55  76  50  67  39  68

Eastern Tennessee
                     Sun   Mon     Tue     Wed     Thu     Fri     Sat     Sun
Athens                57  33  70  42  77  47  79  54  77  53  78  55  72  43  66
Chattanooga/Lov       63  37  75  48  78  49  81  57  76  57  80  57  73  45  69
Cleveland_6NNE        57  33  71  43  77  47  79  54  78  53  79  55  72  44  67
Copperhill            57  32  70  41  76  45  79  52  77  52  78  54  72  42  66
Dayton                59  34  72  44  79  48  81  55  79  54  81  57  74  45  68
Erwin_1W              54  28  67  37  73  42  76  49  74  48  75  50  68  39  63
Gatlinburg_2SW        56  29  69  38  76  43  78  50  76  49  77  51  71  39  65
Greeneville           55  31  68  40  75  44  77  51  75  51  76  53  70  41  64
Kingsport             58  34  71  43  77  47  80  54  78  54  79  56  72  44  67
Kingston_AG           56  31  70  40  76  44  78  52  77  51  78  53  71  41  66
Knoxville_AP          56  34  69  45  76  49  79  56  77  56  77  57  71  46  65
Knoxville_Exp_Stn     57  37  70  47  77  51  79  58  77  57  79  60  72  48  66
Lenior_City           57  33  70  42  76  47  79  54  77  53  78  55  72  44  66
Newcomb               54  28  68  38  74  42  76  49  75  48  76  51  69  39  64
Newport_1NW           56  32  70  41  76  45  78  53  77  52  78  54  71  43  65
Norris_4NE            56  31  70  40  76  44  78  51  77  51  78  53  71  41  65
Oak_Ridge_ATDL        56  33  69  42  76  46  78  53  76  53  78  55  71  43  65
Oak_Ridge_TN          56  34  70  46  76  49  80  56  75  55  76  56  71  45  65
Oneida                57  29  71  41  72  44  76  51  72  49  74  48  66  36  66
Rockwood              56  31  70  40  76  44  78  52  77  51  78  53  71  41  66
Rogersville_1NE       56  32  69  41  76  46  78  53  76  52  78  54  71  42  65
Sevierville_1SE       56  31  70  40  76  44  78  51  76  50  78  53  71  41  65
Tri-City_RGNL_AP      48  30  68  37  75  43  78  50  76  48  78  53  72  43  62

Copyright 2014: AWIS Weather Services, Inc. All rights reserved.

Frost in Knoxville:

Knoxville

Kentucky:

AWIS Weather Services, Inc. Western Kentucky Frost/Freeze Forecast
Produced at  504 a.m. CDT on Sun Mar 30 2014

... Forecast for Tonight ... Southwest Kentucky                      
NWS Fcst Zones 1-13                               
****    PATCHY FROST  ****

Lowest Temperatures:      37 - 39
Murray Min                  39 
Range Dewpoint Temps:     32 - 37
Range Wetbulb  Temps:     36 - 45
AVG Wind Direction/Speed:   V  2     Long Periods of Calm 
AVG Sky Condition:         Clear    

Extended Forecast: Range of Lowest Min Temperatures in the Above Zones
Min Temps Valid For Morning of Given Date (May NOT include ALL cold pockets)

  04/01/14  04/02/14  04/03/14  04/04/14  04/05/14  04/06/14
  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
   49 - 51   52 - 54   59 - 61   57 - 59   50 - 53   38 - 41
--------

Grayson County Area                     
NWS Fcst Zones 23-24,26-28,61-63                  

**** NEAR FREEZING COLD LOCATIONS  ****
****  WIDESPREAD FROST   ****

Lowest Temperatures:      33 - 37
Leitchfield Min             35 
Range Dewpoint Temps:     28 - 38
Range Wetbulb  Temps:     35 - 43
AVG Wind Direction/Speed:   V  2     Long Periods of Calm 
AVG Sky Condition:         Clear    

Extended Forecast: Range of Lowest Min Temperatures in the Above Zones
Min Temps Valid For Morning of Given Date (May NOT include ALL cold pockets)

  04/01/14  04/02/14  04/03/14  04/04/14  04/05/14  04/06/14
  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
   46 - 50   48 - 52   57 - 60   54 - 56   48 - 51   36 - 40
--------

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7-Day Max Min for KY: KY AWIS Mar 30 to Apr 6

7daytemp.at.2

Check out the city nearest you for the AWIS FROST forecast…

5-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS (Kentucky)

Maryland – minimum temps for next 7-days: MD AWIS Mar 30 to Apr 6

AWIS is forecasting frost for a number of areas in MD on Tue morning:

5-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS 

This advisory today, Sunday March 30th, has been brought to you through the generosity of these growers industry members. Thank you!

2014 Honor Roll

$1500 or more

  • Aarons Creek Farms, Inc., Gregg Gordon/Greg Williamson, Buffalo Junction, VA
  • Balamore Farm, Ltd., Joe Cooper, Great Village, Nova Scotia
  • Cottle Strawberry Nursery, Ron Cottle/Sonny Cottle/Whit Jones, Faison, NC
  • G & W Nurseries, Donna and Jim Goodson/Mitchell Wrenn, Damascus, AR, and Zebulon, NC
  • Westech Agriculture Ltd., Nora and Raymond Dorgan, Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Canada

$500 to $1499

  • Hunter Farms, Eric and Kristi Hunter, Easley, SC
  • Bob Rouse Agriculturist LLC, Denton, MD
  • Virginia Strawberry Association

$200 to $499:

  • Agriberry, LLC, Chuck and Anne Geyer, Hanover, VA
  • Barnes Farm & Produce LLC, Donnie Barnes/Heather Robinson, Willow Spring, NC
  • Bernie’s Berries, James Kenan and Bernice Kenan,  Greensboro, NC
  • J.E. Cooley Farms, Inc., Strawberry Hill, USA, Chesnee, SC
  • DJ’s Berry Patch LLC, Darin and Jessica Jones, Willow Spring, NC
  • Leggett Farming Partnership, Brent and Sue Leggett, Nashville, NC
  • Piedmont Produce LLC, Alan L. Baucom, Monroe, NC
  • TC Smith Produce Farm, Curtis Smith, Seven Springs, NC
  • The Rudd Farm, Kenneth, Joan, Matt and Ken Rudd, Greensboro, NC
  • The Vollmer Farm, John and Russ Vollmer, Bunn, NC
  • Valley Home Farm, Nancy Edwards, Bob and Janet Potts, Wartrace, TN
  • Van Meter Family Farm, Danny and Trish Van Meter, Clarkson, KY
  • Whitted Bowers Farm, Rob Bowers, Cedar Grove, NC

 $100 to $199:

  • Brookdale Farms & Produce, LLC, Tom Baker, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Carter Farms, Billy Carter, Eagle Springs, NC
  • Color Burst, Joe Burns, Grayson, GA
  • Cottle Strawberry Farm, Joy Cottle, Florence, SC
  • Craven and Kimberley Smith, Gibsonville, NC
  • Crown Orchard Co., Huff Chiles, Batesville, VA
  • Fifer Orchards, Bobby Fifer, Wyoming, DE
  • Fisher Farms Partnership, Beth Taylor, Whitakers, NC
  • Harman’s Produce, Paula Harman, Churchville, MD
  • Iseley Farm, Jane Iseley, Burlington, NC
  • Lassen Canyon Nursery, Elizabeth Ponce, Redding, CA
  • Maurer Farms, David Maurer, Wooster, OH
  • McCauley Farms, Larry and Frances McCauley, Burlington, NC
  • McNeil Farms, Steve McNeill, Sanford, NC
  • Mount Olympus Berry Farm, Mary and Ken West, Ruther Glen, VA
  • Sparacio Farms, Butch Sparacio, Bridgeton, NJ
  • The Collard Patch, Hal Gurley, Wake Forest, NC
  • The Hunter Farm, Nancy Anderson, Weddington, NC
  • Westover Farm, Timothy Miller, Mc Kenney, VA

$50 to $99:

  • Horton Family Farm, David Horton, Windsor, VA
Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Interim Executive Director, NC Strawberry Association Inc.
& Professor Emeritus (Strawberry Plasticulture Researcher)
Department of Horticultural Science
Campus Box 7609, 162A Kilgore Hall
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
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