Strawberry growers too have been contending with a challenging year as late spring rains damaged early crops and have pushed the coastal strawberry harvest into the fall, when they are vulnerable to further weather damage.

Glenn McMillan, Salinas branch manager with Helena Chemical Co., said late rain forced some growers to discard fruit early on, which will likely impact total crop production, unless an open fall allows production numbers to catch up.

The last week of June McMillan said PCAs were starting to treat for “the usual suspects” including lygus, western flower thrips, spider mites, botrytis and gray mold.

“Flower thrips seem to be worse this year, I’m seeing some growers having trouble with that and we may be spraying earlier for thrips than we did in the past,” he said.