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Strawberry Crop Virus

Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 02:36 PM EDT
One expert is predicting a smaller strawberry crop in North Carolina this year, thanks to a pair of viruses from Canada.

Barclay Poling estimates there will be 4% fewer strawberries coming out of the state this year.

That means North Carolina will produce about 27.6 million berries instead of 28.8 million.

Several North Carolina strawberry farmers ended up with virus-infected plants from two nurseries in Nova Scotia.

The viruses stunt the plants' growth and reduce the number of berries they produce. B

Barclay Poling estimates that 12% of the state's 1,600 acres in strawberry production will be affected.

Poling says strawberries from the infected plants are safe to eat.Strawberry Crop Virus

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