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5 > Image 5 of Kentucky fruit notes, vol. 1, No. 16, April, 1940 to May, 1940

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

wr lo vated with various tools to work the fruit buds nor produce as good quality ' soil back against the shoulders and fruit as healthy young plants do. is to dislodge the old plants that have In connection with drouths, the lr been plowed out. This provides a old unworked fields have more plants ut good rooting area for new plants and to support than the reworked fields ld lf only strong. healthy young plants and while many of these old fields e- are left at renewing time, a satis- came through the summer and fall of factory stand of runner plants can of 1939 apparently in better shape ~d. usually be expected. than young plantings, it remains to lc If the renewing practices are de- be seen the type of yields that will cr layed until early July, or later, the be produced in 1940. lg soil is often dry and hard and with a As a method of getting at this he larger growth of weeds and Straw- problem in a commercial way, it is ad berry plants that will have to be suggested that a number of growers er turned under, it is generally more renew at least a part of their fields t>1' difficult to work up the clods and as soon as possible after harvest this ve prepare a rooting bed for new plants. year and compare this portion with ht! Also many of the young runners another part that was reworked three HY which have put out after harvest are weeks to a month later and compare n cr destroyed by this late working and these in turn with a third portion ter the patch cannot develop a good pro- that was not reworked at all. ed duction condition. Many growers follow the custom WA.NTEDRECORDS FROM I ice of not reworking their one-year old "5()() STRAWBERRY GROw_ ck- patches after the first harvest and ERSH ng simply let them go and mow them ,ch off one or two times during the sum- W' W' MAGILL eks mer to keep down excess weed In the August-September 1939 issue eir growth. This is a cheap way to of Kentucky Fruit Notes a call was ck- handle the two-year patch and while made for 500 strawberry growers to for the cost of this patch is very light cooperate in making fertilizer tests ine its production is also usually very in their berry fields. To be sure ive light and the return per acre is far 500 recruits were not obtained; or 2 nt; less than if more vigorous methods at least have not reported as yet ` eft had been used. However, a sizeable number in six ,] ng, Dr. A. S. Colby, of Illinois, speaking counties have reported that they have { ow- before the Kentucky State Horticul- staked off such plots and several ` ich tural Society at Lexington in Feb- gl0WlS have been assisted ill U1iS mil mary, 1940, stated tnet lnlnols grow- by their county agent and the writer. ;ck- ers did not expect and did not get It is safe to say that a great many i e satisfactory yields on their two-year 1110re gl`0Wl'$ halfe Siilkd Out tfial fin- fields where some type of renewing Dl0iS, applied f1llllZl`, alld M9 the was not followed. He pointed out watching tllcln closely. t ;art that unless the old rows were renewed In order for the project to be of g . omg and the plants thinned out that there greatest value to the grower, and J ' are was very little space available for to the berry industry in Kentucky . ;ion new runne1 plants to become estab- careful harvest records should be _ .ere lished, and as a result very few of kept. A form for such a record is ; and them were generally developed. This given below. Fill one out for each { ime condition caused the second year crop set of rows that has been staked off an to be borne chiefly on the old two-year and treated. Keep a copy of this { the old plants and it was pointed out record and take a copy to your county . ulti- that these seldom form large healthy agent who will send it directly to me. . 5