Mighty Mites: UGA Extension Encourages Scouting for Strawberry pests

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pests, Strawberry, Top Posts

It won’t be long before strawberries will be ready for harvest in South Georgia. University of Georgia Extension encourages producers to scout for spider mites, especially as strawberries begin to ripen and bloom across the state. The two-spotted spider mites are typically light yellow in appearance with a spot on either side of their abdomen. Their piercing-sucking mouthparts can cause …

Taking its Toll: Strawberry Imports Creating Strain on Farmers

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

The International Trade Committee’s (ITC) decision regarding blueberry imports was shocking to Florida’s blueberry producers. It was no less surprising to the state’s strawberry farmers who have their own ITC investigation under way. “Our jaws dropped. We know how bad the blueberry deal is and they said they were 5-0 voting against it,” said Matt Parke, farm manager of Parkesdale …

Florida Producer: It’s the Greening of Strawberries

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

Citrus Greening has devastated Florida’s citrus industry. The state’s strawberry producers are concerned about their future with Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot disease. It may still be in its infancy, but Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot is taking its toll on the Florida strawberry industry. One Florida producer is concerned about its impact moving forward. “I would call it the ‘Greening of strawberries,’” said …

Uphill Battle: Florida Strawberry Producers Challenged This Year

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

One of Florida’s most challenging strawberry seasons is nearing the homestretch of its 2020-21 season. Between insects, Neopestalotiopsis disease and rising imports from Mexico, strawberry farmers have faced an uphill battle all season, says Dustin Grooms, strawberry producer with Fancy Farms in Plant City, Florida. “Things have been challenging this year. It’s been a tough year. The volume was off …

Lights Out: UV System Helpful Against Strawberry Pathogen

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen. Just imagine this: Pulling an ultraviolet lamp behind a tractor out into your farm in the middle of the night, pointing the UV light at the strawberries and zapping powdery mildew right out of the leaves and fruit. That’s the idea behind new research led by UF/IFAS …

Defeating Disease: What Can be Done About Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot?

Clint Thompson Disease, Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot has emerged as a significant disease of Florida strawberry production. Instances have increased over the last three years, to the point this year the disease was discovered in fields that had it the prior season. But what can producers do to manage this destructive disease? Natalia Peres, a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida/IFAS …

Chill Out: New UF/IFAS Study Shows Why Strawberries Must Keep (Their) Cool

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

It is strawberry season in Florida. Odds are any strawberries eaten right now taste oh-so-sweet. Those strawberries consumers see at the grocery store should be shipped and stocked at the right temperature, says a University of Florida (UF) scientist; should being the operative word. To ensure the fruit is at peak form, you’re not supposed to break what’s referred to …

Managing Medallion: New Strawberry Variety Requires Different Management Tactics

Clint Thompson Florida, Strawberry, Top Posts

The new Florida Medallion strawberry requires a different management strategy than the other varieties currently on the market. But the rewards are potentially great for Florida growers who choose to produce the latest variety release from the University of Florida/IFAS. Vance Whitaker, strawberry breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, has a couple of recommendations …