A Good Thing We Held Off With Strawberry Variety Showcase Today! (2pm, Tue., April 24, 2018)

— Written By Barclay Poling
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Good afternoon,

I got these photos (below) from Whit Jones, Cottle Farms, this early morning (APRIL 24). Duplin County must have been in the bulls-eye of this storm! They got over 3 inches of rain.

flooded fieldFig. 1. In this shot you can see all the flooding that has taken place from this storm. In the location where this photo was taken this morning by Whit Jones, you can NO LONGER SEE the road leading to our test plots (Fig. 2).

test plots with standing water in aislesFig. 2. Fortunately, our test plots are up on a hill, and have a nice slope for drainage. Even so, there was water standing in the aisles this morning. Thank goodness we put the Showcase off until May 1st (see program below).

Also, we are very pleased that Jim Bagdasarian (Fig. 3) has been able to re-schedule all of his flights to be here next week. Jim is the strawberry breeder with Lassen Canyon Nursery, Redding, CA, who developed Ruby June (Fig. 4).

Jim Bagdasarian standing in strawberry field

Ruby Jane strawberries in bucketsFigures 3 & 4 – Jim Bagdasarian (top) photo. Ruby June (above), is one of Jim’s varieties that will be featured in next Tuesday’s Showcase, along with advanced selections from the Lassen breeding program as well advanced selections from NC State and a new variety from Rutgers, Scarlet Knight.


3rd Annual Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Showcase 🍓 BBQ Luncheon Sponsored by Lassen Canyon Strawberry Breeding Program Date: Tuesday, May 1, 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, NC Farm Bureau, 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 and an Omega Digital Thermometer

Early Afternoon Tours (1:30 – 2:30)

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 Fiend with Barclay Poling and Joshua Mays, NCDA Regional Agronomist (we can car pool – field is a few miles away)

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

By no later than Friday, April 27th, 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 27 with a text message to: 919-418-9687, or an email to strawberrydoc@gmail.com