Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Deer or other varmint damage to canes

Growers should be monitoring fields at this time for damage to the canes from animals chewing on the bark. The pictures above are most likely from deer, the grower has also had damage and seen deer in a nearby strawberry field.  Damage to canes is usually concentrated at the base of plants. This damage this early in season is not a good sign, as winter has not arrived and there is still other food out there to eat. Damage may get worse as other plants become less appetizing.  Deer and other varmints need to be controlled.

UPDATE: Grower has seen rabbits in this field chewing on the canes.

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