Preliminary Variety / Plant Type Data From Observational Trial in Faison (7am, Wed., April 26, 2017)

— Written By Barclay Poling
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Good morning,

I am leaving momentarily for Faison, NC, to do our 8th harvest on the variety/plant type trial. We started harvesting on 3.27.17 and the data below includes 7 harvests (3.27-4.20). Several growers who could not attend last week’s Strawberry Tour at Cottle Farms were interested in seeing our preliminary data. This is an observational trial with only a single plot per variety/plant type (not replicated). The primary purpose of this trial is to compare traditional varieties with new selections from the Lassen Canyon Breeding program (not shown). I was somewhat surprised to see that Ruby June as a cut-off performed about the same as a plug! What is not shown in this data is how the crop has been distributed over the harvest season. However, I can say that most varieties picked very heavily on 4.20 (day of Tour), and we saw things like  Chandler plugs going from 418 grams/plant (Harvest 6) to to 573 grams/plant (Harvest 7). Camarosa plugs went from 401 grams/plant to 530 grams/plant (from Harvest 6 to Harvest 7). In the table below please note that PEI= Prince Edward Island, and LCN=Lassen Canyon Nursery. I know there has been a lot of rain damage to the North Carolina crop from this recent monsoon (we saw on the news last night in VA that Raleigh had 8 inches). No doubt, we will be evaluating varieties and selections today for rain tolerance as well as for marketable yield (we use a 15 gram cut-off) and berry size (we count all the berries that are above 15 grams to calculate average berry size). Wish us luck!

Preliminary Data from Variety Trial @ Cottle Farms (7 harvests)
Market Yd Ave Berry
Variety Plant type grams/plant size (g)
1 Chandler plug 573 20.7
2 San Andreas plug 555 28.8
3 Camarosa plug 530 25.1
4 NC10-156 plug 529 20.2
5 NC10-058 plug 526 NA
6 Camarosa cut-off PEI 514 25.9
7 Camarosa cut-off PEI 493 24.2
8 Sw. Charlie cut-off LCN 457 18.0
9 San Andreas cut-off LCN 436 28.4
10 Ruby June cut-off LCN 432 26.8
11 Sw. Charlie plug 426 18.6
12 Merced plug 423 29.7
13 Camino Real cut-off LCN 422 25.7
14 Ruby June plug 414 28.1
15 Camarosa cut-off LCN 386 26.5
16 Camino Real plug 344 30.2
17 Monterey cut-off LCN 344 29.6
18 Chandler cut-off LCN 340 22.7
19 Albion plug 283 28.3
20 Albion cut-off LCN 251 31.7