Strawberries

Markets recovering from COVID-19

Vegetable growers’ biggest obstacle seems to be market demand diminished by the COVID-19 pandemic that for months shut down restaurants and food service, and complicated farm operations and distribution. In early June, growers were getting... more »

Organic program takes off at Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s has about 65%-70% of the U.S. market share in organic berries. And according to Emily Musgrave, organic program manager, that presence is growing rapidly. “We have 150 organic growers, including those in the U.S.,... more »

UNH to develop strawberry varieties for organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the... more »

Dual Magnum labeled for Michigan summer squash, strawberry

Syngenta Crop Protection has added summer squash and strawberry to the Dual Magnum (S-metolachlor) Michigan 24c SLN label. Dual Magnum is a pre-emergence herbicide that provides suppression of several annual grasses and broadleaves, and also... more »

Cool-season vegetable rotation effective practice

Issues with weeds, insects and disease make certified organic production of vegetables challenging in the southeastern United States. Maintaining and building soil organic carbon in midscale organic production systems can also be difficult due to... more »

Quebec berry growers tout innovative approaches

One of the leading horticulture researchers in Canada hosted a farm stop during the North American Strawberry Growers Association’s (NASGA) summer tour. Grower Andre Gosselin, a professor of horticulture at Laval University in Quebec City,... more »

Strawberry production systems thrive in Quebec

Strawberry production on Île d’Orléans, an island near Quebec City, Canada, was on full display in mid-August during the North American Strawberry Growers Association’s (NASGA) Summer Tour. Île d’Orléans is known as the “Garden of... more »

Researchers fight plant pathogens with RNA

Have you ever bought strawberries or other fruits and vegetables, forgot to put them in the refrigerator and later noticed they had gray mold on some of them? That’s Botrytis cinerea, a fungal pathogen that... more »

California growers must adjust to loss of methyl bromide

California accounts for more than 80 percent of U.S. strawberry production, a harvest worth $2.5 billion in 2014. Fertile soils and the prevailing climate on the Central Coast support per-acre yields twice that of Florida,... more »

Skelly’s Farm Market adapts to retail agriculture

A traditional Midwestern farm that raised 350 acres of field crops and milked 50 cows a day has successfully converted to a small vegetable growing and farm market business over the past 26 years. Skelly’s... more »


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