Thanks to All Who Supported the Public 2015 Strawberry Weather Advisory Service(June 5, 2015)

— Written By Barclay Poling

Good afternoon!

It’s time to close the books on the 2014-2015 strawberry season. I know this past strawberry season had its ups and downs. My overall impression is that it was an average to even less than average season for many growers across the Mid-South. I am afraid the picking season was simply too short! I don’t know how many growers I’ve spoken with in the last week who mentioned having run out of berries much too soon.

In this final advisory of the season I wish to extend my  most sincere thanks to all of you who made it possible to offer this Strawberry Weather Advisory service in 2015. Sadly, program position cuts at Land Grant colleges nation-wide mean that, more and more, it is up to us to individual growers and industry members to provide the funding needed to provide important services such as this!

On a more personal note, I am afraid this will be my final final public advisory! My wife and I will be moving to Williamsburg, VA, at some point this summer. My plan is still to remain active in the NCSA as a board member, and I am also quite excited about having joined the Virginia Strawberry Association in recent months. We are looking forward to being  closer to Washington, DC, where our daughter works. And, once settled in Old Dominion State and Colonial Capital (Williamsburg),  I am eager to start-up work again on a book about Strawberry Plasticulture Growing in the Southeast.

I really appreciate the many grower contributions to the advisory service this winter and spring – I will be including some of your information (and photos) in the new book!

Here are the names of the good folks who made this advisory possible this season:

Nurseries:

Cottle Strawberry Nursery: $1500

Westech Agriculture LTD: $1500

Plug propagators:

Aarons Creek Farms, Inc.: $1000

Fresh Pik Produce: $250

Consultants:

Bob Rouse Agriculturist, LLC: $750

Grower Association:

Virginia Strawberry Association: $750

Farm Families:

$400 – $500 Pledge Level

Allan Baucom, Monroe, NC

Agriberry, LLC, Studley, VA

Anonymous, Orange Co., NC

Hunter Farms, Easley, SC

$300 – $399 Pledge Level

Luton’s Fresh Produce, Roper, NC

Whitted Bowers, Cedar Grove, NC

$200 – $299 Pledge Level

Bernie’s Berries, Greensboro, NC

Brownlee Farms, Red Banks, MS

Carter Farms, Eagle Springs, NC

DJ’s Berry Patch, Willow Spring, NC

Fifer Orchards, Wyoming, DE

Gross Farms, Sanford, NC

Leggett Farms (Strawberry City/Airport U-Pick), Nashville, NC

Locklear Farms, Pembroke, NC

McNeil Farms, Sanford, NC

Miller Farms Market, Locust Grove, VA

Michael Newell, Queenstown, MD

Mt. Olympus Berry Farm, Ruther Glenn, VA

Porter Farms and Nursery, Willow Spring, NC

Rudd Farm, Greensboro, NC

Smith Farms, Gibsonville, NC

Sparacio Farms, Bridgeton, NJ

Van Meter Family Farm, Clarkson, TN

Wetmore Farms, Woodleaf, NC

Whitaker Farms & Greenshouses, Climax, NC

Yoders Farm, Rustburg, VA

$100 – $199 Pledge Level

Barnes Farms & Produce, Willow Springs, NC

Jeremy and Lauren Brown, Concord, NC

Joe Burns, Color Burst, Grayson, GA

Bush-N-Vine Farm, York, SC

Brookdale Farm, Virginia Beach, VA

Fisher Farms Partnership, Whitakers, NC

Homewood Farm, Burlington, NC

David Horton, Windsor, VA

Iseley Farms, Burlington, NC

Carter Parr, Roseland, VA

Seaman’s Orchard, Roseland, VA

Vaughan Farms Produce, Virginia Beach, VA

Westover Farm, Westmoreland, VA

$ 50-99 Pledge level

John Dysinger, Williamsport, TN

Waller Family Farm, Durham

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
“An idealist believes the short run does not count. A cynic believes the long run does not matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”

Sidney J. Harris, In: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage – Land-Grant & Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-first Century