Weekly Field Update – 4/4/22

Weekly Field Update – 4/4/22

Coming up this week is the next webinar in the Farm Safety for Women Series on Wednesday, 4/6 at 1 pm. Sign up here.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see this week’s Question of the Week and check back on Thursday for the answer!

Coastal Region

Zack Snipes reports, “It finally feels like spring in the fields. The strawberry crop is really behind schedule this year. Most farms have plants with 3-4 crowns on them.  In most years, we have 5-8 crowns at this time. I blame the cool weather right after we planted them and then an unseasonably warm winter followed by 2 really cold events recently, for them being so far behind. I am seeing an uptick in spider mite populations so scout, scout, scout this week. This warm weather will have them active. Spring planted crops are germinating or being transplanted and have no issues so far.”

A strawberry plant with three small crowns. (Z. Snipes)

Midlands

Justin Ballew reports, “We got some much-needed rain this past week (1.4 inches at my house). Strawberries are ripening and roadside stands and U-picks are open for business. We’ve seen a little bit of botrytis and a good many mites, so be sure to scout carefully. It looks like we have a couple of rain events coming this week, so now would be a good time for one of the site-specific fungicides. Young brassica plants are growing out of their cold damage well. In some fields, the plants have put on enough new growth that it’s hard to tell they were ever damaged. Diamondback moth caterpillars are already causing issues in some areas, so be sure to scout regularly for those also.”

You can pick up (or pick) fresh strawberries from a local farmer now! (J.Ballew)
This young kale has recovered well from the recent cold damage. (J. Ballew)

Upstate

Kerrie Roach reports, “We are just starting to see the first strawberries in the ‘Golden Corner’ with mainly pre-pick limited quantities. With heavy rain and severe weather headed our way again this week, growers need to be actively scouting for disease development. Most peach varieties are headed towards the end of bloom, so scouting for insects and disease is important at this time. With warm days and multiple rain events, preventative applications for diseases like bacterial spot and scab are likely to be needed. Still too early for warm-season crops to be set out in the weather, but we are about 4 weeks out from planting those, so land prep work and seed starting are happening now.”

Question of the Week

For this week’s question, take a look at the photo below. What’s going on with this tie-dyed-looking wild mustard?

Answer in the comments below and check back on Thursday to see the answer.

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