Rookie Success: Alabama Strawberry Producer Says First Crop ‘Looks Good’

Clint Thompson Alabama, Strawberry, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A couple of weeks into Jim Bennett’s first season and the Alabama strawberry producer already regrets not planting more acres than he did. “We’ve talked about planting strawberries since we opened. This year it kind of worked out and decided we’d go for it,” said Bennett, owner of Bennett Farms in Heflin, Alabama. “It’s right at two …

Second Source: Strawberry Disease Attributed to Another Nursery

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Georgia, Strawberry, Top Posts

The strawberry disease that has ravaged crops in Florida and Georgia has now been attributed to two nursery sources. According to the University of Georgia Extension strawberry blog, a nursery in Canada received plants from a North Carolina nursery, which is the source of the pathogen related to Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fruit Disease …

Strawberry Disease: ‘It’s on the Back of Everybody’s Minds Right Now’

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

A crop that already has its annual challenges is struggling to overcome its latest obstacle. Florida strawberry farmer Dustin Grooms confirmed that Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot has provided uncertainty for the future of the industry in Florida.  “I do feel like this year was amplified a little bit more with that new disease because normally you can come out there with …

Beware: Fungal Foliar Diseases Alive and Well in Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama, Disease, Strawberry, Top Posts, Vegetables

Weather conditions are conducive to certain plant diseases being a problem this year. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, cautions Alabama producers about certain fungal diseases that could become problematic. “One of the things that’s important this time of the year is there are a lot of foliar fungal diseases. They cause problems in strawberries, but they also cause problems …

Georgia Strawberry Farmer: Disease Wiped Out This Year’s Crop

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Strawberry, Top Posts

Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot is not just impacting Florida strawberry producers. It has quickly made its way north. Just ask Georgia strawberry farmer Bill Brim. “It just wiped (my strawberries) out. As a matter of fact, we sprayed it with roundup (Wednesday),” Brim said. Brim’s strawberry production equated to 12 acres. “It’s a pile of money, too, the plants; about $60,000 …

Taste Test: UF Scientists Use AI to Develop Better Tasting Strawberries

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

Source: UF/IFAS    A $300 million-a-year industry in Florida may soon depend on artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its flavor. Research at the University of Florida (UF) shows AI can help scientists breed more flavor into strawberries. While consumer panels are the method for UF researchers to gauge whether new fruit varieties taste good enough for development into market, in …

Weather Alert: N.C. Strawberry Farmers Encouraged to Protect Crop

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

N.C. State Extension cautions strawberry producers to apply row covers to their plants in anticipation of freezing temperatures that will linger into the weekend. A freeze warning started Thursday night and will continue Friday night. But conditions will improve on Saturday, though there still is a chance for a frost from Saturday night to Sunday. According to N.C. State Extension, …