The project complemented a study started in 2015 in a matted row strawberry field with an eight-year history of decline. The initial project covered the period from 2015 to 2016, and covered the planting year and the first of two production years. The objective was to determine whether the addition of two types of organic fertilizers or biostimulants would produce more vigorous plants less subject to decline. Given the limited funding available for the initial project, “classic” disease monitoring i.e., visual detection of phytophthora and detection of aphid and whitefly viral complexes in the leaves was conducted on a single composite sample per treatment. For financial reasons, no soil health analyses (quantity and diversity of beneficial microorganisms and pathogens in the soil) were carried out. However, the results in the planting year suggested that it would be appropriate to monitor soil and plant health in more detail in 2016‒2017.
From 2016 to 2017
Soil health, Fertilizer management
This project helped assess the effects of commercial products.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Ferme Marivil | Réseau de Lutte Intégrée Bellechasse
The purpose of this project is to test the general hypothesis that biobased polymers can be used to replace fossil-fuel-based products and reduce the use of pesticides without increasing GHG emissions.
This project tests cost-effective organic fertilization strategies for summer strawberries on plastic.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej