ONCE They Find Your Plants, They’ll Be Back Again and Again! (10/17/14)

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deerdamageDeer damage to month old Chandler plugs – Alamance County, NC

In just a matter of a few days, deer can do more to reduce your crop potential than even a week late planting!  Seriously, no grower can afford to spend “so much” on this crop, and not take steps to STOP DEER.  The very best strategy I have heard with deer over the years is, DON’T LET THEM EVER START FEEDING IN YOUR FIELD.  Once they find your plants, they will be back again!  As one grower explained to me, its sort of like your finding a delicious restaurant – you will be sure to go back!  We have even seen deer this fall before a grower in Alamance County finished planting on Sept. 25th.

deer-fenceFig. 2. Slanted Seven Wire Deer Fence.

This type of fence is used where high deer pressures threaten strawberry crops (or tree fruits and grapes).  It presents a physical and psychological barrier to deer because of its electric shock and three dimensional nature. The specifications for the fence can be found in a publication called DEER, Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage – 1994 – Cooperative Ext Division, Inst. of Ag and Natural Resources, Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln. This same document will appear in the newly revised Strawberry Plasitculture Manual from the NCSA that will be discussed in the Getting Started in Plasticulture workshop at Expo. All participants in this workshop will get a manual as part of their fee registration for this program on 11/17/14 (a month from today).

More information about a special Expo workshop:

Getting Started in Plasticulture
(Monday, Nov. 17, 9:00am-12:30pm)

This half-day session is held each year, and focuses on practical advice from experienced growers and advisors to the strawberry plasticulture industry. Getting the most out of your large plasticulture investment is what this workshop is all about.  As an added bonus this year, each attendee will receive a fully revised Strawberry Plasticulture Manual. You will hear a review of this brand new manual by its author, including a thorough look at the whole 7-month production cycle. The workshop organizers are Mike Wilder, Agronomist, NCDA & CS, and Barclay Poling, Prof. Emeritus, NC State. They will be joined by an outstanding panel of veteran growers and agents:

  • Mitchell Wrenn, an experienced strawberry grower, custom fumigator and plug propagator will be discussing equipment requirements for strawberry plasticulture· Amy-Lynn Albertson (Davidson County Horticultural Agent) has worked with numerous start-up strawberry plasticulture growers in the western piedmont of NC and will discuss harvest labor requirements and important marketing considerations· Georgia Love (NCDA) will cover soil, nematode testing and strawberry fertility· Andy Rollins (Clemson Extension agent) will share some hard won lessons on how to stay ahead of diseases, insects and mites, and he will demonstrate how to check for the presence of crown rot in nursery transplants

There will be lots of opportunity for informal discussion and questions. Whether you are a novice strawberry-grower or an experienced grower who wants the latest plasticulture updates, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the business! The fee for this workshop is $100.

workshop panel

FYI

We have applied to the NCDA Pesticide Division for a total of 5 hours (one hour each) for the following sessions at Expo (to see all sessions:   Master Agenda 10-15_edit bp oct 17                 )

1. Getting started in Plasticulture (one above)
2. Smart Resistance Management.
3. Managing Soil Borne Diseases.
4. Methyl Bromide Replacements.
5. Weed Control and Spotted Wing Drosophila Management.

Additional registration info: Expo Registration Forms – updated 10-6-2014

Have a good day!

Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Professor Emeritus (Strawberry Plasticulture Researcher)
& Interim Exec. Dir., NC Strawberry Assn., Inc.

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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 Oct 17, 2014
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