Feb 8, 2021
Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series 2021 starts Feb. 16

The Southeastern Strawberry School Webinar Series 2021 begins Feb. 16 with a discussion of winter and spring chores.

Learn the basics of annual plasticulture strawberry production in six free webinars!

Headed by Amanda McWhirt from University of Arkansas, specialists across the Southeast are creating a free webinar series on strawberry plasticulture for beginners and as refresher.

Register by using this link: http://bit.ly/StrawberrySchool21

Feb. 16, 2021, 1:00  – 2:30 p.m. EST: Winter and spring chores

  1. Intro (5 mins)
  2. Crop Development and Physiology (15 mins) (Amanda McWhirt, UArk)
  3. Irrigation overview (10 mins) (Andre da Silva, Auburn University)
  4. Fertility overview (10 mins) (Mark Hoffmann, NC State)
  5. Brief Overview of the IPM Guides- (Rebecca Melanson, Mississippi State)
  6. Spider Mites (15 mins) (Hannah Burrack, NC State)
  7. Resources List (Amanda Mc Whirt, UArk)
  8. Questions (20 minutes)

March 18, 2021, 1:00- 2:30 p.m. Bloom and Frost Protection

  • Frost Protection – Dave Lockwood, University of Tennessee
  • Fertility Monitoring/Petiole Sampling – Kristin Hicks, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services 
  • Botrytis & Anthracnose Management – Guido Schnabel, Clemson University 
  • Sampling for Botrytis & Anthracnose Resistance – Phil Brannan, University of Georgia 

April 20, 2021, 1:00  – 2:30 p.m. EST: Bloom and Frost Protection

  • Flower Mapping – Edward Durner, Rutgers University 
  • Arthropod Management – Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University & Aaron Cato, University of Arkansas
  • Post-Harvest Best Practices – Penny Perkins-Veazie, North Carolina State University  
  • Food Safety for Pick-Your-Own Markets – Lynette Johnston & Chris Gunter, North Carolina State University 
  • Pre-Harvest Considerations – Strawberry Grower Panel

July 29, 2021, 1:00  – 2:30 p.m. EST: Pre-Plant 1

  • Soil Borne Disease Management – Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia 
  • Black Root Rot & Soil Applied Fungicides – Phil Brannan, University of Georgia
    • Alternative Fumigants – Jayesh Samtani, Virginia Tech University 
  • Cover Crops & Crop Rotation – Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas
  • Sub-Regional Cultivar Recommendations

August (tbd), Pre-plant 2

  • Pre-Plant Recommendations
    • Site Preparation – David Lockwood, University of Tennessee
    • Planting Dates
    • Weed Control
    • Pre-Plant Fertility

Dr. Mark Hoffmann Small Fruits Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor, Strawberry and GrapeHorticultural Science NC State Extension, NC State University

Amanda McWhirt from University of Arkansas. Photo: University of Arkansas

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