Rains could have been worse! A Virginia grower is happy that he can soon open fields to strawberry pickers and not Kayakers (May 1, 2014)

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floating the berries out

I received this photo today from Lowell Yoder, Rustburg, VA.

He wrote:

“Howdy sir. Certainly seeing some runners here on the chandlers and sweet Charlies.
Was really hoping to be open Mothers Day weekend, but it’s looking pretty doubtful to me. Last year we opened a few hours on May 4. Looks like an avalanche during the last half of May.

Hope we have a month of weather like today.


Lowell Yoder

Editor – we can finally look forward to a much more stable weather pattern tomorrow and this weekend.  Despite overcast and rain this week, the berry flavor in our region is pretty amazing.  Honestly, when I first looked at the forecast for the week we just came through on Sunday evening April 27, I thought I might need “a shot of something!”

On April 27th, locations  like Greensboro were suppose to get torrential rains and possibly from 4 – 6 inches. Greensboro ended up getting less than 2 inches,  according to Kenneth Rudd, who I spoke with this evening.

Nonetheless, a record amount of strawberries are expected to be available and ripe for the picking in NC and VA around the third week in May. The compressed nature of this season’s crop and high yields in a shortened time-frame pose significant challenges to growers!

Good luck this weekend!


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

“When everyone is thinking the  same…  someone isn’t   thinking ….”  —  George S  Patton

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Photo of Dr. Barclay PolingDr. Barclay PolingFormer Professor and Extension Specialist, Strawberries and Muscadines (919) 515-5373 (Office) barclay_poling@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on May 1, 2014
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