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New strawberry cultivars from University of Guelph


March 17, 2011
By Pam Fisher OMAFRA

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summerrubyMarch 15, 2011 – At the
Ontario Berry Growers Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Dr. Adam Dale announced
the release of a new June-bearing strawberry cultivar, and new names for two
previously released cultivars.

March 15, 2011 – At the
Ontario Berry Growers Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Dr. Adam Dale from the University of Guelph announced
the release of a new June-bearing strawberry cultivar, and new names for two
previously released cultivars.

The newest in this series
is Summer Ruby. This variety was tested as 2V55, and released in February 2011.
Summer Ruby is a firm, large-fruited, early-mid-season cultivar.

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Summer Ruby 

Previously released
cultivars V151 and R14 have also been renamed.

V151, released in 2007,
will now be known as Summer Dawn. It is an early variety, slightly ahead of
Annapolis in season. It is firm, bright red, and conical in shape, with high
yields.

R14, released in 2009,
will now be known as Summer Rose. The variety is the latest of the three,
similar in season to Serenity. Although slightly smaller but better quality
compared to Serenity, Summer Rose is a large, red berry with good but moderate
yields.

Summer Dawn, Summer Ruby,
Sapphire (released in 2003), and Summer Rose provide growers with four
June-bearing, high quality strawberry varieties which are early-, mid-,
late-mid- and late-season respectively. The Ontario Berry Growers Association
holds the rights to these varieties and they are all available from Strawberry
Tyme Farms
.