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Bad Blood
I spent some time over the holidays doing some reading, and one intriguing book I finished was the recently published "Bad Blood" by John Carreyrou of the Wall Street Journal.  If you aren't familiar with the story, it's the...

Measuring Bed Temperatures Under Clear and Opaque Plastics
As most people in the berry industry, I believe quite strongly that there is a lot of variation in strawberry bed temperatures.  Sides that face the sun longer tend to be warmer and those that don't are cooler.  This consequently has...

Green Plastic Isn't Necessarily Green
A lot of growers already know this, but here we have a clear (no pun intended) demonstration that the thin colored plastics deployed as mulch in our strawberries are not as opaque as one would think.  Today I discovered several plants and...

Thrips on Strawberry Leaves
This piece was originally posted in late November, but see updated postscript concerning the identity of the pest at the bottom:   Already giving away the punchline in the title, but I was approached yesterday by a grower experiencing an unusual...

Pupae of Sphecid Wasps of the Genus Pemphredon in Blackberry Canes
During a tour yesterday with our new small fruit plant pathologist Akif Eskalen and Tom Gordon we happened into some blackberry canes hollowed out by sphecid wasps, most likely of the genus Pemphredon. As one can see from the photo below, as is...

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