3rd Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Showcase, April 24, 2018

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Peter Nitzsche

Figure 1. Peter Nitzsche (right), Rutgers University, will be attending the Strawberry Showcase in Faison on Tuesday. Dr. Mark Hoffmann, NC State University, and Pete will be traveling to the event (I believe that Mark is picking Pete up at RDU). We have the strawberry variety, ‘Rutgers Scarlet’ in the trial at Faison. I am looking forward to seeing it tomorrow in Faison for our 3rd pick of the season. We are a full 2 weeks behind last season.

frost warning symbolThe rumor is that more sustained springlike weather is in our future, but we are actually looking at another night or two of frost in a number of locations tonight (Thur/Fri) in NC, and possibly Sat. morning as well – Faison is NOT one of them. 

Weather for Next Tuesday:  We are anticipating some light showers from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m., and then, we are hoping to get a rain-free break from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The temperatures during the late morning and early afternoon will be in the mid-50s. I know, that’s not very spring-like!

But, that’s the crazy kind of weather season we are in this year! For the BBQ lunch, we are playing it safe, and we just “sprung” for a large tent! The program has changed a little, and just after the lunch, you will have some optional tours (these will only last about 45 minutes). Please read below about the mini-tours we added to the program.


🍓 3rd Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Showcase 🍓

BBQ Luncheon Sponsored by Lassen Canyon Strawberry Breeding Program

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Cottle Strawberry Nursery, Inc., 2488 W NC HWY 403, Faison, NC 28341 www.cottlefarms.com


10:30 a.m. – Registration at Cottle Strawberry Nursery (look for directional signs from Highway 403 to the location of the Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Trial)

11:00 a.m. – Welcome by Ron Cottle, Pres., Cottle Strawberry Nursery

11:10 a.m. – Recognition of Special Guests from Lassen Canyon Nursery, Cottle Strawberry Nursery, USDA, NC State, NCDA & CS, NCSA, Dept Commerce, Virginia Strawberry Assn., and Out-of-State Researchers, Growers and Plug Propagators – Dr. Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus

11:20 a.m. – Special Tour of Variety Plots and Advanced Strawberry Selections

You can see side-by-side comparisons of the newest strawberry varieties and advanced selections from Lassen Canyon Breeding Program, NC State and Rutgers University. You will want to pay special attention to how different varieties like Ruby June and Merced perform as BOTH plugs and cut-offs. You will also be able to taste test promising new varieties and advanced selections from Lassen Canyon Breeding, as well as NC State. You can also see side-by-side comparisons of the day-neutrals Albion and San Andreas from three different sources in North America, including California, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario.

12:20 p.m. – BBQ Luncheon Catered by McCall’s BBQ & Seafood Restaurant

1:15 p.m. – Raffle for Nursery Plants (Ruby June and Merced) and an Omega Digital Thermometer (worth over $200)


Early Afternoon Tours (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

Option 1  – Informal visiting of breeding plots with Jim Bagdasarian, Lassen Canyon Strawberry Breeding Program (same location as morning program)

Option 2 – Visiting Cottle Farms Commercial Albion Field with Barclay Poling and Joshua Mays, NCDA Regional Agronomist (we can carpool – the field is a few miles away)

Option 3 – New Innovations in Albion greenhouse propagation with Whit Jones (Whit will have the group carpool and drive to their propagation facility about one mile)

By no later than Friday, April 20th, please let Barclay Poling know if you plan on coming and how many people will be in your party, so Barclay can give McCall’s an accurate meal count. There is NO registration fee.

RSVP by April 20 with a text message to: 919-418-9687, or an email to strawberrydoc@gmail.com