Year-Round IPM Program Pages
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.
- Mitigate pesticide effects on air and water quality.
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
- Spider mites
- Cyclamen mite
- Angular leaf spot
- Powdery mildew
- Uniformity in planting, indicating possible disease or plant quality issues
- Pesticide usage
Apply herbicides, if needed, before applying mulch.