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SC Fruit and Vegetable Field Report – December 13, 2021

Coastal Region

Rob Last reports, “Pest and disease activity remains low in the area.  However, disease pressure may increase following some welcome rainfall last week.  Remember to keep scouting.  I would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Midlands Region

Justin Ballew reports, “We finally got some much-needed rain in the Midlands. Temperatures turned cooler towards the end of the week, but the previous warm weather allowed a few strawberry plants to push out some blooms. This is a good time to remind folks to periodically sanitize dead leaves and blooms from the plants. Once a leaf or bloom dies, it becomes a great source of Botrytis inoculum. Now is also a good time to pull any weeds coming up in the plant holes. It’s best to pull them before they become big enough to outcompete and reduce the growth of the strawberry plants. Most plants I’ve looked at still have only one crown, but I am starting to see some plants develop a second. Plants are developing slowly, but at least we’re not seeing any real disease or mite issues.”

The recent warm weather caused a few plants to develop blooms. As the cold kills these blooms, it will be important to remove them from the plants to keep them from becoming a source of Botrytis inoculum.

The recent warm weather caused a few plants to develop blooms. As the cold kills these blooms, it will be important to remove them from the plants to keep them from becoming a source of Botrytis inoculum.
Justin Ballew, ©2021, Clemson Extension

Be sure to remove weeds from the plant holes so they do not outcompete the strawberry plants.

Be sure to remove weeds from the plant holes so they do not outcompete the strawberry plants.
Justin Ballew, ©2021, Clemson Extension

Upstate Region

Kerrie Roach reports, “Things have officially settled down with disease and insect pressure remaining fairly low for winter crops. Dormant pruning for tree fruits has begun and will continue over the holidays. Pruning out dead, diseased, and damaged as well as unproductive wood will increase the health and production of the trees overall.”

Here’s a great video from NC State Extension on pruning mature peaches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u42z2WuC4Nw

Here’s a great video from the University of Tennessee Extension on pruning apples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEFbZTEcUeY

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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