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SC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE FIELD REPORT OCTOBER 18, 2021

Midlands

Justin Ballew reports, “We had beautiful sunny weather last week that really helped dry things out. Strawberry transplants are due in this week and growers will start getting them in the ground as soon as they can. We have heard some reports of anthracnose coming from nurseries, so be sure to closely examine your plants and do not plant any that look weak. Since we are planting a little late, proper planting is all the more important. Be sue crews are planting transplants at the proper depth. Supervise them closely. Using row covers to push growing degree days may also be helpful this fall since most folks are planting a week or more late. There is a good article in this month’s NC Strawberry Association newsletter (pages 6-8) about using row covers in the fall.”

Supervise planting crews carefully to make sure plants are going into the ground at the proper depth. The crown should be just above the soil line. The plant pictured here is planted too deep, and the crown is not visible. As a result, the plant is always going to be behind.

Supervise planting crews carefully to make sure plants are going into the ground at the proper depth. The crown should be just above the soil line. The plant pictured here is planted too deep, and the crown is not visible. As a result, the plant is always going to be behind.
Justin Ballew, ©2021, Clemson University

Phillip Carnley reports, “Nothing much has changed in Orangeburg or Calhoun counties. Like most of the state, shipments of strawberry plugs and crowns have been delayed upon arrival; make sure to inspect plants with care to ensure that they are healthy. Brassica crops are loving the cooler night temperatures we’ve gotten recently, and I have noticed higher armyworm and looper pressure.”

Loopers are causing damage to brassica crops.

Imported cabbageworms are causing damage to brassica crops.
Phillip Carnley, ©2021, Clemson University

Armyworms are causing significant damage to brassica crops.

Armyworms are causing significant damage to brassica crops.
Phillip Carnley, ©2021, Clemson University

Sarah Scott reports, “Broccoli is starting to head and looking pretty good. Some growers have already received strawberry plants and have them in the ground while the rest are still awaiting plant arrival. Late summer/fall harvest of tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash continues, and peppers are still coming on. The peppers have a large population of whiteflies and some aphids causing sooty mold. Due to heavy insect feeding, the new growth is slightly deformed.”

Upstate

Kerrie Roach reports, “The temperatures have taken a significant turn with mornings in the 30s and 40s. Like many other areas, strawberry plugs seem to be running well behind schedule, which in our area has made for some tough decisions. Planting in the upstate (Oconee/Pickens/Anderson) should typically be done around the end of September give or take 1 to 2 weeks. With the cool weather that has quickly moved in, and plugs still not here (many not expected until the end of Oct), some growers have decided against planting for the 2022 season.”

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

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