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Hail damage


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Torn leaves, shot holes in leaves, broken petioles, bruised and damaged fruit, dark discolored areas on outer leaves.

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Ripe strawberry

Similar Problems

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Some insects and slugs will cause damage to leaves but fruit will not be bruised.

Additional Information

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Hail occurs during violent thunderstorms with strong updrafts.

Diagnostic Tips

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Damage is usually observed throughout entire field.

Corrective Measures

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Sanitation and botrytis control spray may be helpful.


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Damage is unavoidable but crop insurance may help cover losses if available.

Funding Sources

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Funding was provided in part by the National Sustainable Agriculture Program: Sustainable Strawberry Initiative and the following sources.

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Division of Agriculture Research & Extension

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Research Specialist
Horticultural Science

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Publication date: March 25, 2014

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