Healthy fields. Healthy yields

Strawberries are susceptible to Crown Rot (Phytophthora Cactorum), Verticillium Wilt (Verticillium Albo-atrum and V. dahliae), and Anthracnose (Colletotrichum acutatum). Mitigating against these diseases is the key to greater yields.

Crown Rot
Crown Rot
Crown Rot is a soil-inhabiting pathogen, typically seen in strawberries planted in poorly drained, over irrigated soil, or during long periods of rain in warmer climates. The disease progresses rapidly, causing stunting, wilting of leaves, and eventually death.
Strawberry Verticillium Wilt
Verticillium Wilt
Verticillium Wilt is a soil-borne fungus, causing strawberries to wilt, turn brown or reddish-yellow between the veins, and grow dwarfed and blackened tip roots from the crown. Once established, it can remain alive in the soil for 25 years or longer without proper treatment.
Anthracnose affects fruit at any stage, seen in the field as petiole, runner, and fruit lesions. These small, sunken spots – brown on green fruit, or black on red fruit – develop and may expand to cover most or even all of the fruit surface. When crown tissue is infected and decays, the entire plant may wilt and die.

How can Leicesters help?

Achieving quality crops requires healthy soil, which is why Leicesters provides specialised soil services including the precision application of soil fumigants. We use fumigants such as Chloropicrin, one of the most effective multi-purpose soil fumigants for managing and treating strawberry diseases. It maintains healthy plant growth, optimises strawberry yields, and combats infestations without killing off beneficial bacteria, soil fungi or leaving behind fumigant residue

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