Agriculture: Strawberry Pest Management Guidelines

Preplant

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of strawberry fruit-production fields in California. Pest management activities for strawberry nurseries are discussed only as they impact pest problems in the field.

About Preplant

Work with the nursery to obtain transplants of the desired cultivar and certification level.

Review the cropping history of the field.

Analyze soil for nutrients and salts; consider an application of slow-release fertilizer.

Consider analyzing irrigation water for salinity and nitrogen content.

Consider soil treatments for soilborne pests and weeds.

Prepare the field by making sure it is properly graded with good drainage.

Shape beds to minimize water retention on bed tops.

Consider visiting the transplant nursery in the last month of the propagation cycle (before it gets cold) to evaluate nursery fields for:

  • Pest and pathogen problems that may be carried on transplants:

    Invertebrates

    • Spider mites
    • Cyclamen mite

    Diseases

    • Angular leaf spot
    • Anthracnose
    • Phytophthora
    • Powdery mildew
  • Uniformity in planting, indicating possible disease or plant quality issues
  • Pesticide usage

Apply herbicides, if needed, before applying mulch.

Apply plastic mulch appropriate to your needs for:

  • Weed control
  • Managing soil temperature
  • Controlling plant size
Text Updated: 07/18