Adequate water is critical for crops to reach their yield potential. In North Carolina, periods of insufficient rainfall occur frequently, causing drought conditions for many farms across the state. Although regular, adequate rainfall is important, the ability of the soil to absorb water and store it for plant use between rainfall events is also critical.
During 2016, our laboratory completed a three year project tracking the occurrence and impact of strawberry clipper weevil in annual, plasticuture strawberry fields. Our results have recently been published, and we would like to share them with strawberry growers and extension agents. Strawberry clippers injure plant when female lay their eggs into developing flower buds and then “clip” the pedicle (“stem”), causing it to die. These buds cannot develop into flowers and fruit.
New Pesticide Available for Use Against Spotted Wing Drosophila in Blackberries and Raspberries for 2019