Brown leathery areas on the upper side of sun exposed fruit.
Water damage fruit will be soft and light on the under side of the fruit.
Plants with good canopy and adequately watered will suffer less sunburn than small plants with exposed fruit. Plants exposed directly on black plastic are the most susceptible.
Sunburn will be on the upper side of exposed fruit.
Irrigate prior to hot sunny weather to provide sufficient water.
Avoid varieties that have little foliage and exposed fruit. Provide optimal growing conditions such as correct planting date, fertility and pest management resulting in good canopy during fruit development and harvest.
Funding was provided in part by the National Sustainable Agriculture Program: Sustainable Strawberry Initiative and the following sources.
Publication date: June 27, 2014
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