Strawberries

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 »

California strawberry industry looks for methyl bromide alternatives

For many years, California growers relied on methyl bromide to kill a wide range of soil-borne pests, from fungi to insects to weeds, before planting crops. 2016 marks the last year in which the highly... more »

Clemson to host pre-plant strawberry meeting

Strawberry producers are invited to a pre-plant meeting where Clemson University experts will provide valuable information needed to grow successful crops. The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 8 in the Horry County Extension Office, 1949... more »

Second lawsuit targets UC strawberry program

For the second time in as many years, the University of California’s (UC) strawberry breeding program finds itself the subject of a lawsuit. This time around, the lawsuit was filed by California Berry Cultivars (CBC),... more »

Angular leaf spot causing leaf necrosis in strawberries

Angular leaf spot, also called bacterial blight, is the only reported strawberry disease caused by a bacterium, namely Xanthomonas fragariae. Economic damage is mainly due to blackening of berry stem caps, which mars the appearance... more »

Renovating strawberries improves next year’s crop

Perennial strawberries (matted row production) are normally planted on bare ground in the spring, maintained the first year with herbicides, fertilizer and irrigation, and then harvested for two to three years. After the first year... more »

UC Davis wins early ruling in strawberry lawsuit

A federal judge has made an initial ruling in California Berry Cultivar’s lawsuit against the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and its strawberry-breeding program. California Berry founders Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson were scientists... more »

Another lawsuit assails UC’s strawberry breeding program

California Berry Cultivars (CBC) filed a lawsuit May 2 against the Regents of the University of California (UC). The filing came “after more than three years of unsuccessful discussions and negotiations revolving around the systematic... more »

UC Davis faces lawsuit over strawberry breeding technology

Two scientists have filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). California Berry Cultivars, a company co-founded by former UC Davis scientists Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson, along with A.G. Kawamura, filed... more »

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