Frost Advisory for Eastern NC Growers (5:45pm, 2/15/17)
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I just returned from a productive 1 1/2 day visit to NC, and after seeing some of the strawberry crop Eastern NC yesterday, I thought it might be of some interest to share this update from AWIS for minimum temperatures over the next week: NC AWIS Feb 15
Fig. 3. The Genie is definitely out of the bottle for this year’s crop! Basically, this crop is easily 2+ weeks ahead of last year, and yesterday afternoon I saw Camarosa plants with new blooms since last week’s frost event (Fig. 4)
Fig. 4. A couple of nice blooms killed by last weeks frost event (right). To the left center you can see multiple new blooms. The one just below my friend’s index finger is of good size, and this particular grower is now applying row covers for protection of these newest blooms. Please note that this particular plant has not yet been “sanitized.”
In Faison, I saw an operation where they were getting row covers on yesterday (Fig. 5) to protect these new blooms. They have just finished winter sanitation. If this grower is successful in bringing these blooms through, harvest will potentially start by the first of April, and there will be “all out” picking by mid-April. I am seriously thinking of having our annual Strawberry Twilight meeting in mid-April (same location as last year – near Wilson), or 2 weeks earlier.
Fig. 5. After this crop of Albion was sanitized in early Feb, row covers were applied for crop protection as well as ‘forcing.’ Covers going on now (and staying on for the next 2-3 weeks) will have the effect of advancing crop ripening by as much as 10 days. Several seasoned Camarosa growers in our industry apply covers right about now (mid-Feb) for what has been referred to as strategic forcing. This is being done presently.
Link on strategic forcing:
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We are once again doing the weekly Outlook forecasts, and I hope you saw the one that went out Sunday night?
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AWIS 10-day Forecast for Numerous NC Locations:
For different locations across NC, you can check this excellent 10-day forecast by AWIS: