Advisory Service in 2015? Need Response by This Friday, 12/19 (Posted 12/16/14)

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I will be providing  2 more strawberry weather forecasts in Dec. (Mon., Dec 22 and Mon., Dec 29).

In response to the survey that was included in yesterday’s strawberry weather advisory, I have received only 6 responses (73 people viewed yesterday’s advisory). I am using this survey to determine:

1) whether these advisories should be continued in 2015, or not?

2) whether these advisories should be PUBLIC (option 1) or PRIVATE (option 2)?

There is some urgency to this, as I must inform the folks who provide detailed weather information for the production of the Strawberry Weather Alerts (e.g. AWIS), whether I will be needing them for next year? All subscriptions are up for renewal now. 

Here is the survey sent out yesterday:

DECISION-TIME: The 1st of the Year is Creeping Up on Us! If you would like to see these Strawberry Weather Alerts continue next year, let me know which option you would prefer (only 2 choices):

1. Make a personal financial contribution to the NC Ag Foundation, and this would allow continuation of these weekly OUTLOOKS (like today), as well as state by state AWIS forecast map and general strawberry weather updates (written by me). The advisories also give growers information on production issues, as well as frequent grower discussions and crop photos. An average grower contribution to this service last season was $250. Industry members contributed $500. We also had support from the VA Strawberry Grower Association, as well as a few consultants. We raised almost $15,000.


2. I am interested in a fairly priced private subscription service including these weekly Outlooks, as well as state by state AWIS forecast maps and general strawberry weather and production updates (written by me).



In your email, please indicate Option 1 (public ), or Option 2 (private).

Questions and Answers About This Service:

10:45 am (12/16)

QUE: Barclay,Will agents continue to receive postings? If not, what is the recommended/appropriate donation.Regards, Taylor Williams

ANS: The growers and industry should be willing to support agents and agronomists getting this for free. Several growers objected to providing support for this last year because they felt other growers were not paying their fair share. But, I never sensed from these growers any objection to having these go out for free to extension educators and agronomists.

Dr. E. Barclay Poling
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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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 Dec 16, 2014
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