Get that straw off! more 2024 Berry Primer Webinar Video Recordings

Monday, April 8, 2024

Get that straw off the strawberries!

Once we are passed the threat of experiencing -12 c temperatures, the straw should be removed from the strawberry fields.   The temperatures forecasted for the valley this week are really quite warm and we will no doubt see the strawberry plants begin to push with new growth.   If the strawberries are uncovered and exposed to sunlight, energy to fuel the new growth will be generated from the leaves and new growth.     But, if the straw is left on too long the energy for this new growth will be taken from the crown, leaving the plant weaker.     If this goes on for too long the plant will bloom earlier as a stress response, perhaps requiring more frost protection in the spring.   Due to the plant using up some of its energy reserves from the crown and being slightly stressed, the resulting berry crops tends to be smaller in size, yield and earlier than normal.   For these reasons, I like to see growers get the straw off early, (and this year letting the plants and soil dry out) in order to maximize yield.    

While you are out there removing straw have a look around for small weeds and root problems that we may have to address in the coming weeks.

2024 Berry Primer Webinar Video Recordings

Today, I finally finished editing two more video's:

Blackberry Rotating Cross Arm Trellis with Patrick Byers from University of Missouri Extension: Click Here

I would like to take a moment and thank Patrick for taking the time to present to us.  This is a very interesting system and he was great to give a a northern perspective on it.    

Common Diseases of Berry Crops with Perennia's Dustin MacLean:  Click Here

Previous video from the Berry Primer:

AAFC Berry Breeding and Variety Evaluations with AAFC's Beatrice Amyotte:  Click Here

Integrating Biologicals into your Spray Program with Perennia's Dustin MacLean: Click Here

Nematode Survey Results and Management with Perennia’s Matt Peill:  Click Here  

Silica and it's importance in Plant Health and Yield with University of Toledo's Wendy Zellner:   Click Here