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Early Strawberry Harvest Begins in Southern Maine

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Powdery Mildew on strawberry leaves

Powdery Mildew; photo by David Handley

Light harvesting of early strawberry varieties has begun in fields in North Berwick, Wells, Cape Elizabeth, Monmouth, New Gloucester, Minot, Lewiston, Wales, Dresden and Livermore Falls. Later varieties are sizing up, with a few late blossoms still showing. Day neutral varieties grown on plastic mulch are now coming into full harvest. The early start predicted for the season keeps getting pushed back by the recent cool, wet weather. We are seeing many fields with pale or mildly yellowing leaves. This is most likely a symptom of the prolonged cool, cloudy conditions, but may also be related to mild magnesium deficiencies related to the high rainfall.

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