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Control of Strawberry Black Root Rot with Compost Socks

P. D. Millner

October 2006


Black root rot (BRR) can severely limit productivity in perennial, matted-row strawberry systems. This report describes for the first time a novel, raised-bed growing method that uses 100% mature compost as an alternative to fumigation. Results show that BRR symptoms were significantly reduced in all compost sock treatments, with or without vinegar, and that yields increased over those observed in black plastic mulch or matted rows.


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