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Biorationals: Ecological Pest Management Database
Strawberry growers who no longer have methyl bromide as an option for pest control are looking for alternatives. A University of California Cooperative Extension Strawberry Field Day in May highlighted results of research on biological and synthetic amendments to improve strawberry plant health, berry quality, and yield. Preliminary results of the study are available online. "A challenge was that many people did not have complete faith in biologicals a few years ago," said UC Cooperative Extension advisor Surendra Dara. "By conducting multiple studies year after year, we are able to generate critical data that is useful for the farmers as well as companies that produce biologicals. By using different application strategies and rates, and a combination of techniques--as appropriate for their situations--farmers can engage in sustainable strawberry production."