Strawberries

Steam can help control weeds, soil pathogens

Researchers are examining how growers can control weeds and soilborne pathogens through steam and alternative chemicals. A session during the March 7-10 North American Strawberry Symposium in San Luis Obispo, California, examined research into weed... more »

High turnout marks strawberry conference 

Despite torrential rains that forced cancellation of planned field tours, the North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS) was successful, although it was closely followed by deluged California berry fields from “atmospheric river” events. The North American... more »

Bumblebee pollination brings higher yields

While it is well known that bumblebees pollinating strawberry crops lead to yield and quality improvements, research has shown it can also impact positively on the shelf life of the fruit, according to a news... more »

AgBiome’s Theia fungicide approved in California

AgBiome Inc.’s Theia fungicide can be used throughout the U.S. to treat numerous plant diseases in fruit, vegetable and tree nut crops, with the recent approval by California regulators. Theia fungicide is the second proprietary solution... more »

California farms statewide hit by storms and floods

Warm atmospheric river storms wreaked havoc on California last week, causing widespread flooding from rain and snowmelt, which overfilled rivers and creeks, displaced residents, washed out roads and damaged agriculture. In Tulare County, flooding forced... more »

Naturipe hires director of premium products

Naturipe Farms has hired John Johnston as director of premium products, a new position at the berry company. The position aligns with Naturipe’s long-term focus on premium products, which will leverage its grower/owner investments in... more »

California flood damage to some strawberry fields substantial

California strawberry growers whose crops were wiped out by flooding just weeks before harvest will be able to replant once fields dry out and are repaired, but losses to the industry and damage to communities... more »

USDA highlights Hurricane Ian disaster assistance

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently visited Florida production sites to survey the impact of Hurricane Ian and meet with producers affected by the storm. During the visit, the Secretary highlighted efforts by the U.S Department... more »

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