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Updated: February 2, 2024

May 2022  |  Volume 13, Issue 2

Strategies for Effective Management of Botrytis and Anthracnose Fruit Rot in Strawberries

Dr. Mengjun Hu, Univ. of Maryland, and Kathy Demchak, Penn State Extension

Managing gray mold (Botrytis) on strawberries is increasingly challenging because of fungicide resistance development, plus a new Botrytis species that is less susceptible to fungicides is becoming common in the mid-Atlantic region. Resistance to...Read more

Who has been in my strawberries? Slugs and sap beetles, two common pests

Sankara Ganesh, Maria Cramer, and Kelly Hamby, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park

The cool, wet spring weather we have been experiencing favors slugs, so be on the lookout for slug damage. Slug damage may easily be confused for sap beetle feeding, but management of these pests is very different, so it...Read more

Bruising on strawberry leaves

Jerry Brust, University of Maryland Extension, IPM Vegetable Specialist

Over the years I have seen dark spots on the foliage of strawberry plants like the ones in figs. 1 and 2. These spots can look pretty bad at times and are...Read more

Two spotted spider mites and cyclamen mites found in strawberries

Jerry Brust, University of Maryland Extension, IPM Vegetable Specialist

With the cooler weather we have had of late I was surprised to find low levels of mites in strawberry fields, with a few hot spots of mites in some...Read more

Cold Effects on Early Transplanted Vegetables

Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist

Note: This article first appearing on UD Weekly Crop updates 5/6/2022. (

The frost we had lover the last few weeks should remind growers that as you try to get a jump on the growing season, cold weather...Read more

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    Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommedations

    The Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide is available for free

  • Fig. 1. Young Spotted Lanternfly nymphs photo: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

    Early Spring Vegetable Insect Scouting Tips

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949. It is a month dedicated to the awareness and impact mental health can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.

The University of Maryland Extension Farm Stress Management Team was created to work with farmers, farm families and the agricultural industry to provide education and outreach on topics related to mental and physical wellness. The program's goals are to raise awareness, provide training, and build resources. With the support from a North East SARE grant and a partnership with USDA NIFA and Maryland Department of Agriculture the team has expanded activities and resources.

Information and resource lists in the areas of stress management, financial wellness, and legal issues at

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Vegetable & Fruit News, May 2022, Volume 13, Issue 2 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a research-based publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically from April through October.  Published by the University of Maryland Extension Agriculture and Food Systems team.

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Emily Zobel
University of Maryland Extension Agent - Dorchester County
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Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: (410) 410-228-8800

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