A new e-book from the University of Arkansas features the work of associate professors Carlene Chase and Xin Zhao on establishing a Florida organic strawberry industry.
Chase and Zhao, along with a team of UF/IFAS scientists, are determining how cover crops can be used to organically suppress weeds and nematodes and improve soil quality. Their research focuses on Florida farmers, and they reached out to more than 200 growers through several workshops and field days, and a public opinion survey.
Their research is featured in a chapter titled “Organic open-field and high tunnel strawberry cropping systems for long-term viability of the southeast industry.”
To read the book, “Moving the Needle: Accomplishments of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, 2013-2014,” visit: http://strawberry.uark.edu/nssiweb.pdf.