Frost Advisory for Eastern NC Growers (5:45pm, 2/15/17)

— Written By Barclay Poling
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Figure 1. A rather large area of NC will be experiencing frosty conditions in the morning on Thursday and Friday (Figure 2)

Figure 2. Minimum temperature map for NC on Friday morning

Good evening,

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:

https://strawberries.ces.ncsu.edu/2016/03/n-augusta-grower-provides-update-on-his-frost-strategy-and-crop-ripening-32016/

Sunday Outlooks are Back!

We are once again doing the weekly Outlook forecasts, and I hope you saw the one that went out Sunday night?

SKYBIT

I am pleased that so many growers signed up for SkyBit again (over 40). SkyBit started up today for return subscribers. Here is my SkyBit for Clayton tomorrow morning:

If you are still interested in a SkyBit subscription, please review these 2 documents:

Invitation to Subscribe SkyBit (Feb 4, 2017)

This form must be filled out by all new SkyBit subscribers:

2017 update to Short Form – Instructions for SkyBit Subscription

AWIS 10-day Forecast for Numerous NC Locations:

For different locations across NC, you can check this excellent 10-day forecast by AWIS:

10-DAY DETAILED HOURLY WEATHER FORECASTS

Ahoskie-Tri-Cou Albemarle_AP Andrews Asheboro
Asheville_Munic Beaufort-Michae Boone_NC Burlington-Burl
Cape_Hatteras_AG Chapel_Hill-Hor Charlotte Cherry_Point
Clinton_NC Concord_NC Currituck_NC Edenton-Northea
Elizabeth_City Elizabethtown_NC Erwin-Harnett_C Fayetteville_AP
Fort_Bragg/Simm Franklin/Macon_C Gastonia-Gaston Goldsboro_AFB
Goldsboro_NC Greensboro Greenville_AP_NC Hickory
Jacksonville Jacksonville_(A Jefferson_AP_NC Kenansville-Dup
Kill_Devil_Hills Kinston_AP Lexington-David Lincolnton_AP
Louisburg_NC Lumberton_AP_NC Mackall_AAF Manteo/Dare_Co
Maxton Mcalf_Bogue_Fiel Monroe_AP_NC Morganton-Morga
Mount_Airy-Moun New_Bern North_Wilkesbor Oxford_NC
Piney_Island_Bom Pope_AFB Raleigh-Durham Reidsville_AP
Roanoke_Rap_AP Roanoke_Rapids_R Rockingham_NC Rocky_Mount-Wils
Roxboro_AP Rutherfordton Salisbury-Rowan Sanford_NC
Shelby_AP_NC Smithfield_AP Southern_Pines Southport_NC
Statesville-Sta Tarboro_AP Wadesboro_AP Washington-Warr
Whiteville_NC Wilmington_AP_NC Winston-Salem