Sustainable Organic Strawberry (SOS)
Sustainable Organic Strawberry (SOS) Cropping Systems for the Southeast
- Assess the efficacy of off-season cover crops on soil health and in suppressing weeds, sting nematodes, arthropod pests, and pathogens.
- Evaluate the performance of strawberry cultivars in open field organic production systems.
- Monitor population of arthropod pests, including the spotted wing drosophila (swd) and twospotted spider mite (tssm), and beneficials.
- Integrate summer leguminous cover crop into nutrient management program for organic strawberry production systems.
- Develop pest management practices for spotted wing drosophila.
- Develop management alternatives for twospotted spider mite.
- Assess the season extension potential of low and high tunnels in organic strawberry production.
- Farmer assessment of response of cover crop and cultivars to on-farm bio-physical and management regimes.
- Evaluate consumer preferences for traditional and recently released strawberry cultivars with regard to sensory attributes like flavor, color, and texture, including consumer willingness to pay.
- Calculate production costs and potential returns of selected management alternatives based on data from the biological research.
- We will engage producer and county extension faculty members in research and outreach planning, implementation and outcomes.
- Demonstrate the feasibility of organic strawberry production in low cost crop tunnels.
- We will provide extension faculty members, other local service providers, and growers with research results and recommendations, including representatives of and professionals who work with limited resource and minority farmers.