A cropping system based on adding organic matter through soil amendments and organic fertilizers can restore soil health and strawberry yields by limiting the occurrence of disease symptoms. To test this hypothesis, virus-free strawberry plants were planted in a field where strawberry decline had been present for five years despite the use of recognized agricultural practices aimed at maintaining yields. A control receiving conventional mineral fertilizers was compared to treatments using organic matter. Beef manure compost, high in carbon, and granulated chicken manure were used, each at two different doses.
From 2015 to 2017
Soil health, Fertilizer management
The results of this project will help restore soil health and the yields of strawberry plants that show signs of strawberry decline disease.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
This project aims to examine whether improving soil health can help check strawberry decline.
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
Improving the RIMpro software to better predict the risk of infection during rainfall.
Researcher: Vincent Philion