Southeastern Strawberry Pest Problems

Abbey Taylor Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

Strawberries are starting to make their seasonal debut in the Southeast as Florida growers begin their harvest. After the harvest is a great time to reflect on issues from the previous season and look toward the next season. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, assistant professor of entomology at Clemson University, recently gave a presentation on a strawberry pest that caused problems this past …

National Strawberry Day Brings Attention to UF/IFAS Varieties

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), …

Foliar Nematodes in Florida Strawberries

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

A nematode thought to be new in Florida was found recently on strawberry crops. The foliar nematode is one area of research at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, said Johan Desaeger, assistant professor of entomology and nematology. After some research, Desaeger found this nematode is not new …

Research for Managing Nematodes in Strawberry Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma are testing new ways of managing nematode pests as they continue affecting strawberry crops across the state. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at GCREC, said strawberry growers have faced issues within the last year with species of nematodes that are lesser known in the crop, which …

UF Web Tool Helps South Carolina, Florida Strawberry Growers

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch nationwide and in the Sunshine …

A Sweeter Start to the Strawberry Season

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Florida Beauty is a new and unique strawberry variety for growers. It was bred with characteristics to help Florida growers stand out in the market. Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding program at the University of Florida, said Florida Beauty is the first day-neutral variety that has been released by the breeding program. Most varieties grown …

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the storm. One of the panelists …

Problematic Pair of Pests for Strawberry Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Spider mites and spotted wing drosophila (SWD) have caused many issues for strawberry growers in the Southeast. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, assistant professor of entomology and Extension specialist at Clemson University, said these two pests have caused strawberry growers to create a new management plan for both pests. In some smaller productions, Schmidt-Jeffris said growers may not have to worry about spider …