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OMAFRA berry report: Disease pressure high due to weather

June 19, 2024  By ONFruit

The latest berry bulletin, created by OMAFRA berry specialist Erica Pate on June 14, shows that strawberries are progressing well even with the slightly cooler weather and rainfall. For the full report, including information on blueberries, raspberries, and spotted wing drosophila monitoring, visit the ONFruit website.


Cool and wet weather continued the week of June 14, although it looks like there is a stretch of warm, drier weather ahead. Pick-your-own operations are opened, and early and mid-season varieties are being picked. Valley Sunset is beginning to ripen and there is bloom and green fruit in Malwina.

Insects: Continue to monitor for aphids, cyclamen mites, two-spotted spider mites, tarnished plant bug, thrips, and in new fields flea beetles and potato leafhoppers. If cyclamen mite control is needed, plan to apply a miticide at renovation.

Disease management: Disease pressure is high this year with the regular rains, and botrytis, anthracnose, common leaf spot, leaf scorch and leather are showing up. On late varieties, an extra fungicide now may be worthwhile for anthracnose and botrytis.


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