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Pest management schedule for June bearing strawberries

Time Action
Early spring Strawberry flower buds are very susceptible to spring frosts. Do not remove straw mulch used for winter protection until there is no longer a threat of frost. A good indication of this would be when lilac buds begin to open.
The mulch should be left in the alleyways. To reduce spread of pathogens from soil to fruit and leaves, add straw mulch around plants and in alleyways if remaining winter straw mulch is less than 2 inches deep.
If gray mold was a problem the previous year, completely remove all straw mulch from the bed and replace it with new straw.
Mulch can be used to recover flowers if a frost is predicted.
Do not apply nitrogen at this time. Spring applications produce an overabundance of young leaf tissue susceptible to leaf-disease fungi.
Pre-bloom Scout for clipped buds as indicator of strawberry bud weevil activity.
Scout for Tarnished plant bug adults when flower buds are green and/or white.
If gray mold has been a problem in past years, and weather forecasts predict high humidity or frequent rain during bloom, spray flowers with fungicide beginning when10% of the flowers open and repeating once after the time period specified on the label.
Full bloom Set out traps for spotted wing Drosophila
Ripe fruit Inspect for slugs. Apply baits if damage is detected.
Harvest fruit as it ripens to help protect against sap beetles and spotted wing Drosophila; remove and dispose of overripe fruit.
Take care not to wound or bruise berries during harvest.
Remove berries infected with fruit rot to prevent spread of disease to ripening fruit. Do not place healthy fruit and diseased fruit into the same container.
Post-harvest Renovate in the two weeks following harvest.
Rake up and remove all leaf debris from the bed after renovation.
Apply nitrogen fertilizers at this time.
Fall Mulching is necessary to provide winter protection for the plants. Apply straw that is free of weed seeds two to three inches deep over the plants after they have been subjected to several sharp freezes in the low 30s or high 20s.

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