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Fruit and calyx of four strawberry clones (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) were analyzed for N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, B, and Cu content for 2 seasons. The elemental concn varied because of the year, the clone, and the time of season. The concn of the elements in the fruit decreased in the following order: K, N, P, Ca, Mg, Fe, B, Mn, Zn, and Cu. The elemental concn was greater in the calyx than in the fruit; probably as a result of the much higher dry weight content of the calyx. The total elemental content in kg/ha of the fruit and calyx for a season ranged as follows: K from 40 to 67, N from 33 to 49, P from 6 to 9, Ca from 5.4 to 7.5, Mg from 3.7 to 5.7, Fe from 0.11 to 0.15, Mn from 0.05 to 0.10, B from 0.04 to 0.09, Zn from 0.04 to 0.06, and Cu from 0.012 to 0.016.

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The accumulation of N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn, and B were determined at transplanting, first flowering, first harvest, middle of harvest season, and end of harvest season to ascertain the extent and the pattern of plant nutrient uptake in strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.). The plants were grown with the annual hill cultural system and mulched with polyethylene. More accumulation of each element occurred during harvest than before that time. Excluding harvested fruit, leaves accumulated the most N, P, K, and Mg; the roots and crown the most Fe and Zn, while the dead material accumulated the most Ca. Harvested fruit accumulated more N, P, K, and B than did the plant. The caluclated average seasonal accumulation of the 9 elements in the plant and in the harvested fruit during the 2 seasons in kg/ha were: K 63.1, N 58.6, Ca 30.8, P 9.4, Mg 7.8, Fe 0.456, Mn 0.161, Zn 0.088, and B 0.077.

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Subjecting harvested transplants of strawberry (Fragaria X ananassa Duch. cvs. Florida Belle and Dover) to excessive wilting increased foliage loss and plant mortality and reduced plant size and January fruit yields.

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Using the annual hill cultural system, runners of 2 strawberry cultivars were removed twice monthly, monthly, or left on the plants during each of 2 seasons. An additional treatment was the transplanting of runners into the planting slits of the original transplants followed by removal of the original transplants when the runners became established. ‘Tufts’ produced 2 to 8 times more runners than ‘Dover’, over a 2 to 3 month period instead of one month as with ‘Dover’. Early marketable yields of ‘Tufts’ were reduced each season when runners remained attached to the fruiting plants, and the total marketable yield was reduced for the 2nd season as well. Yields were reduced because of fewer marketable-size fruit. ‘Dover’ yields were unaffected by runner removal treatments. Early and total marketable fruit yields of the runner plants of both cultivars were reduced each season compared to other treatments. Early yields of ‘Dover’ were greater than those of ‘Tufts’.

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A3 × 3 factorial study of soil and foliar-applied N, P, and K fertilizer was conducted on ‘Dover’ and ‘Tufts’ strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) using the annual hill cultural system. Rates of soil-applied fertilizer were: a) 0, b) 112N-12P-93K, and c) 224N-24P-186K (kg·ha−1). Rates of weekly foliar fertilizer applications were a) 0, b) 1.20N–0.54P–1.02K, and c) 2.40N–1.08P-2.04K (kg·ha−1). Increasing rates of soil-applied fertilizer increased fruit yields, fruit number, foliar N and K, plant size, and foliage color. Rates of foliar N, P, and K had much less effect than soil-applied fertilizer. The greatest plant response to foliar fertilization was with inadequate rates of soil fertilizer. Foliage damage was evident with foliar fertilization, and damage was greatest with the highest foliar rate.

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Strawberry plants (Fragaria ×ananassa Duch. ‘Dover’ and ‘Florida Belle’) produced increased December fruit yields during 2 seasons when stored at 2°C for 1 week prior to transplanting rather than transplanting directly from the nursery. The total fruit yield of ‘Dover’ decreased with storage the 2nd season, whereas the total fruit yield of ‘Florida Belle’ was unaffected by storage. Lowering the soil fertility in the nursery prior to plant harvest increased ‘Dover’ December fruit yield the 2nd season, and increased ‘Florida Belle’ December yield both seasons. Total fruit yields of both cultivars as related to nursery fertility were inconsistent. Total fruit yields of ‘Dover’ in both seasons were greater with a fertilizer application in the fruit production field of 224N-50P-224K kg·ha-1 than with double this application. Total fruit yield of ‘Florida Belle’ was not affected by fertilization in a fruiting field. During the first season, both cultivars produced more misshapen fruit with the 448N-100P-448K kg·ha-1 application than with the 224N-50P-224K kg·ha-1 application.

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Optimum leaf number at transplanting, as related to fruit yield for strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) plants which had received no chilling in the nursery, varied with cultivar. Leaf number optimum for ‘Dover’, ‘Florida Belle’, breeding line 77-163, and ‘Pajaro’ were 4, 4, 3, and greater than 5, respectively.

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Strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) were grown for 3 seasons on a well-drained fine sand which received 0, 4.5, 9, 18, and 36 metric tons (MT)/ha of poultry manure annually. Fruit yields increased each season with increased rates of manure up to 18 MT/ha. The 36 MT/ha rate caused a foliage burn during the first 3 seasons which may have reduced yields. Considerable leaching of the soluble nutrients from manure to and below the 60-cm soil depth occurred from season to season. Analyses of saturated soil extracts indicated that concentrations of soluble salts, K, and NO3–N increased with increasing rates of manure at all 4 depths to 60 cm. The Ca, K, and Mg concentrations at all 4 soil depths increased with increased manure rates and generally decreased with depth. Organic matter content of the surface 15 cm of the soil increased with increased manure rate. Soil pH was only slightly affected by the manure treatments.

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Plant density of okra (Hibiscus esculentus L. cv. Clemson Spineless) was varied from 16, 32, to 64 plants/m2 using 1 or 2 rows/bed and 2.5 or 5 cm in the row spacing. Yield per unit area increased linearly with plant density on a double logarithmic scale. Plant density and pod size were inversely related while the percent marketable pods were unaffected by treatments. The fertility rate did not affect yield responses, but the higher rate increased soil soluble salts, K, and NO3.

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Bio-degradeable paper mulches with a polyethylene (PE) coating on both sides or with a single PE coating applied against the soil surface satisfactorily endured Florida's 7 month growing season and gave similar fruit yields and fertilizer leaching results as compared to black PE mulch. Paper mulch was harder to transplant through since it is less flexible than PE mulch, but it does not have to be removed from the Geld at season's end.

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