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Hail damage


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

ripe strawberry fruit

Similar Problems

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

Additional Information

Hail occurs during violent thunderstorms with strong updrafts.

Diagnostic Tips

Damage is usually observed throughout entire field.

Corrective Measures

Sanitation and botrytis control spray may be helpful.


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

Funding Sources

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

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Research Specialist
Horticultural Science

Publication date: March 25, 2014

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