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Improved Variety, Selection and Sustainability of Strawberries for the Eastern United States

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2014 National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative Project Leader Meeting

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Improved Variety, Selection and Sustainability of Strawberries for the Eastern United States

  1. 1. Improved Variety Selection and Sustainability of Strawberries for the Eastern United States Peter Nitzsche, PI Agricultural Agent Cooperative Extension of Morris County William Hlubik, Co-PI Agricultural Agent Cooperative Extension of Middlesex Coun
  2. 2. Objectives • Expedite the evaluation, release, and adoption of new strawberry selections developed by Rutgers NJAES with outstanding flavor, improved fruit quality, and yield, to benefit NJ farmers, gardeners, consumers
  3. 3. Dr. Gojko Jelenkovic Professor Emeritus
  4. 4. Plasticulture in Eastern United States
  5. 5. Breeding Selection Plots with Growers
  6. 6. Replicated Field Trials
  7. 7. Donaldson Farms trial
  8. 8. Fernbrook Farms - organic
  9. 9. Nourse Farms
  10. 10. Finalizing Patents, Licensing and Release
  11. 11. Advanced Selections
  12. 12. “Christmas Light Bulb”
  13. 13. Clean Greenhouse Stock
  14. 14. Production of Clean Stock Material • All materials have tested negative for viruses by Robert Martin USDA, ARS
  15. 15. Micropropagation • Tissue culture of stock material by Rutgers NJAES and Nourse Farms
  16. 16. Kube Pak
  17. 17. Bacterial Angular leaf Spot? Xanthomonas fragariae
  18. 18. University Field Trials • Replicated field trials – Pittstown, NJ – North Brunswick, NJ – Castle Hayne, North Carolina • Observation trial – University of Maryland
  19. 19. On Farm Trials • 10 field trials on local farms throughout New Jersey – 8 conventional farms – 2 organic farms – Plastic culture (9/10) – Matted row (1/10)
  20. 20. Donaldson Farms
  21. 21. Specca Farms
  22. 22. Media and Outreach • 13 presentations on the project 414 attendee • 3 published articles • 2 short videos produced • ‘P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home’ public television show • ‘The Garden Show’ radio program
  23. 23. Future Plans • 2013-2014 replicated trial data collection and analysis – Yield – Fruit quality: shape, coloring, ripening – Flavor – Plant vigor/ propagation potential
  24. 24. Grower Surveys
  25. 25. Videos
  26. 26. Formal Blinded Taste Panels
  27. 27. Outcomes • Nurseries, growers will soon have new locally adapted strawberry varieties for production and marketing in the Eastern US • Consumers will have better tasting strawberries
  28. 28. Impacts • Production and marketing of strawberries in Eastern US will be improved
  29. 29. Questions?

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