Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series 2021

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Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series 2021

Learn the basics of annual plasticulture strawberry production in six free webinars!

Headed by Amanda McWhirt from the University of Arkansas, specialists across the Southeast are creating a free webinar series on strawberry plasticulture for beginners and as a refresher.

February 16, 2021, 1–2:30 p.m. EST: Winter and Spring Chores

  1. Intro (5 mins)
  2. Crop Development and Physiology (15 mins) (Amanda McWhirt, UArk)
  3. Irrigation overview (10 mins) (Andre da Silva, Auburn University)
  4. Fertility overview (10 mins) (Mark Hoffmann, NC State University)
  5. Brief Overview of the IPM Guides- (Rebecca Melanson, Mississippi State)
  6. Spider Mites (15 mins) (Hannah Burrack, NC State University)
  7. Resources List (Amanda Mc Whirt, UArk)
  8. Questions (20 minutes)

March 18, 2021, 1–2:30 p.m. EST: Bloom and Frost Protection

  • Frost Protection – Dave Lockwood, University of Tennessee
  • Fertility Monitoring/Petiole Sampling – Kristin Hicks, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 
  • Botrytis & Anthracnose Management – Guido Schnabel, Clemson University 
  • Sampling for Botrytis & Anthracnose Resistance – Phil Brannan, University of Georgia 

April 20, 2021, 1–2:30 p.m. EST: Bloom and Frost Protection

  • Flower Mapping – Edward Durner, Rutgers University 
  • Arthropod Management – Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University & Aaron Cato, University of Arkansas
  • Post-Harvest Best Practices – Penny Perkins-Veazie, North Carolina State University  
  • Food Safety for Pick-Your-Own Markets  – Lynette Johnston & Chris Gunter, North Carolina State University 
  • Pre-Harvest Considerations – Strawberry Grower Panel

July 29, 2021, 1–2:30 p.m. EST: Pre-Plant 1

  • Soil Borne Disease Management  – Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia 
  • Black Root Rot & Soil Applied Fungicides  – Phil Brannan, University of Georgia
    • Alternative Fumigants  – Jayesh Samtani, Virginia Tech University 
  • Cover Crops & Crop Rotation  – Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas
  • Sub-Regional Cultivar Recommendations

August (TBD), Pre-plant 2

  • Pre-Plant Recommendations
    • Site Preparation  – David Lockwood, University of Tennessee
    • Planting Dates
    • Weed Control
    • Pre-Plant Fertility

Fall Management: Date TBD

Written By

Mark Hoffmann, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Mark HoffmannDepartment Extension Leader, Small Fruits Specialist & Assistant Professor Call Dr. Mark Email Dr. Mark Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Oct 19, 2022
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