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 will modify current protocols with the addition of labile carbon to preserve or rapidly restore the activity of beneficial microorganisms.
Researcher: Christine Landry
As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
Development of a growing out-of-soil organic raspberries in high tunnels protocol in a profitable and competitive manner with a view to selling products locally or to large retail chains.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej