HINTS AND OBSERVATIONS
W. W. l\/lagill
A puff of 3% chlordan dust on each plant of strawberries that showed an
attack of ants (aphis on the berry plant roots) apparently gave satisfactory control,
according to ]. H. Miller, County Agent, Marshall County, Kentucky, who conducted
the trial demonstration during the early growing season (june) of 1948 in a newly
planted berry field. Mr. Miller reports an outstanding contrast in new runner
formation where the dust was applied on affected plants.
These berry fields we have allowed to stand through the third or even
the fourth and fifth picking year have paved the way for crown borer development _
on many farms. Keep in mind that crown borer can be "prevented" without any
cost, but it cannot be "controlled" once it gets a start in a berry field.
That 1949 will be an excellent year to plant an acre or more of
strawberries. That strawberry prices will continue good for a few years. That
the Kentucky acreage of Tennessee Shipper and Tennessee Beauty of straw-
berries will gradually increase. That the berry growers who apply from 1.000
to 1,500 pounds of superphosphate per acre will make 400% on the money he
pays for this superphosphate. That strawberries will continue to "pay off" as
well or better per acre than burley tobacco.