Strawberry Twilight Tour – Tue., May 20, Cunningham Research Station

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May 20, 2014 – Strawberry Twilight Tour & Workshop, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Cunningham Research Station (Lower Coastal Plain Tobacco Research Station), 200 Cunningham Rd, Kinston, NC 28501).

Please go directly to the field. Program starts promptly at 5 p.m.Look for signs to the Strawberry Research Plots. From 6-7 p.m. we will meet in Cunningham Research Auditorium immediately. There will be fresh strawberries and ice cream! The meeting portion of the program will end at 7 p.m. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about a new crop insurance initiative that could possibly provide rain and hail damage coverage. We had a lot of rain damage last week across the state. Viola Glenn Research Coordinator Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, will be discussing a new strawberry crop insurance initiative from RAFI.

The field tour will consist of review of strawberry low tunnels, an opportunity to see (and taste) a new California Cultivar – Merced, and a discussion of HEAT MANAGEMENT (project funded by USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant).

Field Tour Highlights (5-6 p.m.):  Look for signs to Strawberry Research Plot

  • There will be a brief review of preliminary results with Merced, a new strawberry cultivar from California -Dr. Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Hort. Sci.
  • Pointers for managing strawberries under extreme heat during bloom and harvest
  • Lee Berry, a strawberry grower from Ellerbe, NC, will be there to discuss his first season of low tunnel use and point out important aspects of low tunnel construction
  • LOCATION:  Lower Coastal Plain Tobacco Research Station

200 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501-1700
PHONE: (252) 527-3579

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED – this is meant to be very very informal!!

For further details contact me at 919 418

IMG_6577Fig. 1. Our plots following a period of rains in early May. We used the low tunnels to protect plots from rain damage.

IMG_6585Fig. 2. A photo of Merced in early May, Cunningham Research Station.

photo-225Fig. 3. We smartened up and added some straw to aisles to alleviate the “mud” issue.

Join us if you can Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.!


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