Prepare for Hot Weather and Spider Mites in 2023

Many new miticides for strawberries and vegetables Hot and dry are ideal conditions for spider mite outbreaks. Along the East Coast, growers reported spider mite infestations in beans, cucurbits, eggplant, tomatoes, sweet corn, and even potatoes. Mites are not true insects but are classed as a type of arachnid closely related to insects, spiders, ticks, … Read more

Robot Strawberry Picker Does the Work Humans Do Not Want To

Robot Strawberry Picker

The strawberry-picking season is well under way, but the labor force is in short supply in several countries. Therefore, various robots are in development to help with the picking. Examine the strawberries you buy next, and check if they have the stem attached, or do they only have the calyx? Whether a berry is plucked … Read more

Beware of Strawberry Anthracnose

Strawberry Anthracnose

Enticingly fragrant strawberries, with their vibrant red color, attractive form, and succulent sweetness plus flavor-balancing tartness, delight the senses. And, strawberries pack plenty of nutritive goodness. Strawberries yield the highest value per acre of any crop that can be grown in this country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Biggest threat Yet several diseases, … Read more

6 Strawberry Weeds To Look Out For

6 Strawberry Weeds To Look Out For

Like an athlete who struggles against a tough competitor, weeds compete in strawberry fields, and often are victorious, much to the detriment of growers. “Weed competition of course can damage strawberries, but due to the value of the crop, weeds aren’t left to compete,” said Steve Fennimore, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of … Read more