Hot off the press from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service—"Production Guide for Texas-Grown Strawberries."

The 41-page guide is the first one from the university covering strawberries since the 1970s, according to a news release.

At least 14 different specialists and researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife and Prairie View A&M University contributed to the publication.

Although the guide was written for all strawberry growers in the Lone Star State, it is especially useful for small-scale farmers interested in growing berries as a new crop under high tunnels or in open fields.

The guide contains information on strawberry marketing and all aspects of production to better assist growers with their decisions regarding strawberries, including preplant efforts, variety selection, plant growth and development, pest management, irrigation, salinity and pH, harvesting, and on-farm handling and food safety,” Russ Wallace, a horticulturist at Lubbock, said in the release. “Essentially, the guide offers most everything anyone would need to know to successfully raise strawberries in Texas.”

The guide contains 21 figures and two tables.

Funding for the guide came from a Walmart Foundation grant administered by the University of Arkansas.

The guide is available for free download or as a hard copy for $10.