NH Agricultural Experiment Station Researchers Explore Strawberry Cultivation System for NH and New England

NH Agricultural Experiment Station Researchers Explore Strawberry Cultivation System for NH and New England

Apr 20, 2014
Strawberries. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

In response to a survey of growers’ needs, Matt Kochka, a UNH graduate student in plant biology, has been working with Iago Hale, assistant professor of specialty crop improvement, to conduct small-scale trials comparing the economics of the standard matted-row strawberry production system with those of an annual plasticulture system at Kingman Farm, one of five NH Agricultural Experiment Station facilities at UNH. Results indicate the system holds economic promise for New Hampshire’s and New England’s strawberry producers.

Kochka and Hale are in the process of conducting larger-scale comparative field trials and an economic analysis. Once Kochka’s research is completed later this year, he plans to develop a strawberry production booklet, a budgeting tool consisting of an enterprise budget calculator, a fact sheet, and a guide to growing strawberries using the plasticulture system for New Hampshire and New England strawberry growers.

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