Mid-July Update: Evaluation of Compost on Strawberry cv ‘Albion’ and ‘Chandler’ Productivity

In this trial, we evaluate four types of compost on strawberry productivity at three farm locations. Farms are either organically  or conventionally managed with methyl bromide fumigation. Here’s an update on current yield-to-date, as of mid-July TREATMENTS SMC: Spent mushroom compost MC: Manure compost YT: Yard trimmings compost VC: Vermicompost Con: No added compost ConN: […]

Survey has gone live!

Our survey to assess strawberry growers strategies and needs for managing soil borne diseases along with questions of how and where growers gain new information is now live. We are particularly wanting to hear from Calilfornia growers so please help us spread the word. The survey was posted July 17 and we have over 180 responses. […]

California Compost Symposium, Center for Sustainability, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

On March 28th, I attended the California Compost Symposium at Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability, San Luis Obispo. http://www.cfs.calpoly.edu/compost_symposium.html PROGRAM INTRODUCTION- ‘Compost: The Sustainable Solution’ Cary Oshins, Director of Education and Annual Conference, U.S. Composting Council Dan Noble, Executive Director, Association of Compost Producers NOBLE PRESENTATION KEYNOTE: Dr. Deborah A. Neher & Tom Weicht, Plant and Soil Science Dept. […]

Composting for Disease Control in Strawberries at UC Davis, National Strawberry Sustainability Institute Press Release

Last spring, the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability released a call for proposals as part of a $3 million donation by the Walmart Foundation. We were awarded $101,821 for research on “Sustainable Strawberry Production in the Absence of Soil Fumigation.” […]