Strawberry Management, Summary
The phaseout of MB has proven to be a daunting task for the California strawberry industry. Not only are strawberry producers faced with the certainty that MB will no longer be available to them by 2015, but they also must deal with increasing regulatory stringency on the use of all soil fumigants. While fumigants face an uncertain future in California, the development of barrier films does seem to help trap fumigants in the soil and reduce the likelihood that neighbors will be exposed to fumigants. It would appear very likely sometime soon that barrier films will be the only type of film approved for use with fumigants in California.
S.A. Fennimore is an Extension Specialist, and Weed Scientist, H.A. Ajwa is an Extension Specialist, and Soil Scientist, R.; Serohijos is a Staff Research Associate, and J. Samtani is a Post Doctoral Researcher all in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis at Salinas, CA. K.V. Subbarao is an Plant Pathologist and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis at Salinas, CA. F.N. Martin, is a Plant Pathologist, with the USDA ARS, Salinas, CA, O. Daugovish, is a Farm Advisor, UCCE Ventura, D. Legard, Research Director, California Strawberry Commission, Watsonville, CA. G.T. Browne is a Plant Pathologist with USDA ARS, Davis, CA., J. Muramoto, Associate Researcher, and C. Shennan Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. K. Klonsky, is an Extension Specialist, Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Davis. We are grateful for the financial support of the USDA ARS Pacific Area Wide Pest Management Program for MB Alternatives for support of this project. We thank TriCal, Mustard Product Technologies and Raven Industries for material and technical support.