strawberries

Mechanical strawberry harvest got Michigan boost

Growers have been in pursuit of innovative methods to harvest strawberries mechanically for quite some time. Recent breakthroughs have seen automated strawberry harvests take place in select fields in California and Florida, as the robots... more »

Crop outlook a mixed bag for growers

A major heat wave that caused unprecedented temperatures in the Pacific Northwest in late June and early July was the starkest example of weather events that have negatively impacted fruit growing regions across the U.S.... more »

Startup claims first vertically grown, commercially sold strawberries

An interesting strawberry grown vertically is making a quiet debut at New York City restaurants, direct-to-consumer online sales and even upscale retailer Eli’s Market. The berries, which sell for about $5 each in a three-... more »

California studies drip applications for strawberries

Applying fungicides in strawberry via drip irrigation may become the standard in protecting the fruit from its many soil, fruit and foliar diseases. A new study from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources... more »

Driscoll’s, Plenty research vertical farming for strawberries

Strawberry growers know about raised beds – but vertical farms are something else entirely. Berry industry heavyweight Driscoll’s and vertical farming innovator Plenty in October announced a collaboration on strawberries – marrying Driscoll’s proprietary genetics... more »

Automated harvesters power up for strawberries

Automated strawberry harvests are taking place in select fields of California and Florida, as the robots become more commercial and less experimental. The California Polytechnical University’s Strawberry Center in late August conducted a virtual field... more »

Southeast’s organic berry growers deal with diseases

Healthy plants in pleasant plantings are the best way to deal with the challenges of berry growing in the Southeastern United States. University of Georgia Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist Elizabeth L. Little spoke... more »

Enhanced safety measures for COVID-19 in place for California strawberries

Over the past nine weeks, the California Strawberry Commission’s (CSC) bilingual outreach and training team has been in the fields providing guidance and training to ensure the safety of our vital workforce in the midst of... more »

New researcher, funds for organic research in California

Much of the research produced by U.S. land-grant universities is directed at traditional agriculture, but in the last 12 months, several organics-focused initiatives have been announced in California. California has the most organic farms in... more »

California growers to ‘harvest every box’ despite COVID-19

The California Strawberry Commission plans to "harvest every box" during the April-May harvests, despite disruption in the marketplace caused by COVID-19. California blueberry harvests during the same time will also be affected, according to an... more »

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