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Devevelopment and Adoption of Annual Strawberry Production in the Great Plains

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2014 National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative Project Leader Meeting

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Devevelopment and Adoption of Annual Strawberry Production in the Great Plains

  1. 1. Development and Adoption of Annual Strawberry Production in the Great Plains C.L. Rivard, K. Oxley, M. Taylor, M. Kennelly, D. Pryor, and M. Bates
  2. 2. Jerry Wohletz Lawrence, KS
  3. 3. Project Objectives Increasing the regional production distribution • To verify the utility of annual plasticulture production and deliver crop budgets to growers. • To determine the optimum application timing and thickness of row covers for open-field production. • To determine how row covers affect the soil and canopy microclimate in the open-field. • To investigate the utility of spring-planted, day- neutral production in high tunnels. • To determine how evaporative cooling affects crop performance and disease incidence (pre- and post- harvest) for high tunnel strawberry production. • To disseminate crop production information to growers in the Great Plains.
  4. 4. 25’ 100’ Plot map for: Wohletz Strawberry Trial 2011-12 = 1 oz. row cover, standard timing (25 days) = 1 oz. row cover, late timing (35 days) = 1.2 oz. row cover, standard timing (25 days) = 1.2 oz. row cover, late timing (35 days) List of Treatments A4 A3 A2 A1 B1 B2 B3 B4 C3C4C1C2 D3 D4 D1 D2 1 2 3 4
  5. 5. 0.00 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.30 0.35 0.40 20-Apr 27-Apr 4-May 11-May 18-May 25-May WeeklyMarketableFruitYield(lbs/plant) 2012 Douglas County Strawberry Trial 1 oz (25 d) 1.2 oz (25 d) 1 oz (35 d) 1.2 oz (35 d)
  6. 6. 1.22 1.26 1.16 1.20 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 1.20 1.40 1 oz (25 d) 1.2 oz (25 d) 1 oz (35 d) 1.2 oz (35 d) TotalMarketableFruitYield(lbs/plant) 2012 Douglas County Strawberry Trial
  7. 7. 20’ 120’ A1 A3 A6 A4A5A2 B6 B4 B2 B1B3B5 C2 C5 C3 C6C4C1 D4 D2 D1 D5D6D3 Plot Map for: Gieringer Strawberry Trial 2013-14 ListofTreatments 4 3 2 1 = 1 oz. row cover, standard timing (25 days) = 1 oz. row cover, late timing (35 days) = 1.2 oz. row cover, standard timing (25 days) = 1.2 oz. row cover, late timing (35 days) 5 = 1.5 oz. row cover, standard timing (25 days) 6 = 1.5 oz. row cover, late timing (35 days) N
  8. 8. High Tunnel Study Pilot study investigating day-neutral varieties • Spring-planted (April 4) • Three-season tunnel – Shadecloth • Six Varieties • Evaporative cooling • Fruit yield • Botrytis and others • Postharvest quality and shelf life
  9. 9. 10’ v 34’ 2014 Plot Map for Kansas State University Strawberry Trial = Albion = Evie 2 = Monterey = Portola 1 2 3 4 = San Andreas5 = Seascape6 Trial Description: The trial will be made up of 48 plots (10’ length) and designed in split-plot design with four replications. Main plot treatments are with and without evaporative cooling and sub-plots are the varieties. The trial will be located on four rows in a three season high tunnel with 30% shade cloth. 154’ B3 B2 B5 B6 B1 B4 D5 D4 D2 D6 D1 B6B4B5 B1B3B2 D3D1D5 D2D6D4 A4 A5 A6 A1 A3 A2 C6 C4 C1 C5 C2 C3 A1A5A3 A2A6A4 C3C5C1 C2C4C6 6’ 2’ D3 = With Evaporative Cooling v = No Evaporative Cooling
  10. 10. Extension Outcomes
  11. 11. QUESTIONS ??

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