- Application of nutrients - second nitrogen (N) application to June bearing strawberries in mid-August -15 to 20 lb. per acre N.
- Continue to cultivate June bearers between rows after harvest to ensure good aeration and incorporation of straw and to decrease next year’s disease and slug populations.
- Maintain uniform soil moisture to facilitate rooting of runners.
- Continue N feeding of day-neutrals until the end of August -10 to 20 lb. N per acre per month applied in weekly or bi-monthly applications.
- Apply field cooling to day-neutrals if temperatures remain high, over 30 C.
- For June bearers only, apply herbicides before mid-August or after harvest for control of hard-to-control broadleaf weeds.
- Line up clean wheat or rye straw for a mulch supply. Run straw through the combine twice to reduce the number of weed seeds or volunteer grain in the straw or have it ammoniated. Note that ammoniation is a dangerous and costly process.
- Increase watering until harvest completion.
- Continue irrigation after harvest to maintain growth of new canes.
- Trellis primocane raspberry canes if required.
- Cultivate between rows after harvest to break compacted soil.
- Delay spent cane removal on floricanes until September.
- Prune diseased plants.
- Remove non-species plants.
- Continue to supply water through to crop maturity, particularly during the fruit filling or maturation process.
- Small amounts of foliar nutrient applications may be required to maintain plant growth and health.
- Maintain good weed control.
- Commence or complete harvest operations. Ensure crops are harvested carefully at appropriate maturity stages and cooled quickly to prolong post-harvest lifespan.
- For most fruit crops - particularly tree or bush fruit - reduce the supply of water towards the middle of the month and do not water after the end of the month. Watering can slow or prevent the onset of dormancy and can increase winterkill in some crops. For example, apples will not shut down growth if water continues to be available.
Pest monitoring and management
- Continue to monitor disease and insect pest development and make appropriate controls, while adhering to pre-harvest intervals.
- Continue to monitor for tarnished plant bug and apply appropriate control measures.
- Control mites as required.
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