Variety Showcase Re-Scheduled for May 1st Due to RAINS on Tuesday, April 24 (9am, Sunday, April 22, 2018)

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Dear Friends,

I just got off the phone this early Sunday morning with Whit Jones, Cottle Farms, and he informed me that on Tuesday, Duplin County is in the “bulls-eye” of a powerful rain event. Due to the seriousness of this development, we are going to delay the Strawberry Variety and Advanced Selection Program at Cottle Farms until Tuesday, May 1st. Everything will remain the same, except we realize that some of you may not be able to attend. But, we are hoping that most of you can adjust your schedule to be there on Tuesday, May 1st. Fortunately, we had people to call me, text, or send an email, to let me know they could come. I will be immediately notifying our out-of-state guests of this development.


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


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