Strawberries

Lights, steam tackle strawberry disease, pests

A machine that can be programmed to traverse through fields shines a light to help prevent powdery mildew from causing damage to strawberries. Natalia Peres, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida... more »

UV light can kill fungi that causes powdery mildew

Growers may no longer have to rely on fungicides to control powdery mildew (PM) – a rampant fungal disease that affects nearly all plant species. The international, multidisciplinary Light and Plant Health team of researchers... more »

California Giant tests cardboard clamshell packaging

As people across the country celebrated Earth Day earlier this week, California Giant worked behind the scenes conducting field tests on prototype cardboard clamshells for fresh strawberries. The... more »

Fancy Farms adapts to challenges in turbulent strawberry industry

Carl Grooms has seen a lot since he entered the strawberry growing business in 1974. He’s leaving the Plant City, Florida, growing operation in the hands of his son, Dustin, but has plenty of concerns... more »

Sedex recognizes Driscoll’s worker health and safety program

Berry industry heavyweight Driscoll’s had its worker health and safety program recognized at an international event. Driscoll’s was awarded the best Health and Safety Labor Program globally at the 2019 Sedex Awards, held in London,... more »

Chef invitational planned by California Giant Berry Farms

California Giant Berry Farms will soon select chef finalists to compete in its annual Chef Invitational held at Tehama Golf Club in Monterey. Recipe submissions to compete in the 2nd annual California Giant Berry Farms... more »

2019 North Carolina strawberry season under way

April signals the start of strawberry season in North Carolina, and local growers are expecting a very good crop that should last through Memorial Day. “There should be plenty of berries this year despite a... more »

Oregon pumpkin crop value up 50 percent

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has published vegetable production statistics for the 2018 growing year in the Pacific Northwest. Although production numbers for many crops were down at least slightly from 2017, there... more »


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