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Wind damage.


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Broken petioles, dark discolored areas on outer leaves, abrasion on leaves and fruit from windblown sand.

Normal strawberry leaves with black areas.

Strawberry leaves with black areas where row cover rubbed during wind.

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Similar Problems

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Cold injury of foilage may occur at the same time if temperatures are very low.

Additional Information

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Proceeded by high wind events usually in the early spring with or without row cover.

Diagnostic Tips

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When row covers are used damage is most severe on downwind areas where covers are loose and flapping.

Corrective Measures

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Be sure row covers are secured to prevent flapping. Sanitation and botrytis control spray of damaged foilage may be helpful in controlling secondary disease infection.


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When using row covers be sure to secure covers tightly avoiding loose areas of the cover that may abrade the plants. Over large fields that may be wind swept planting small grain for wind breaks may be helpful.

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 13, 2014

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