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Research Project: Connecting Breeders to Producers: Regional On-Farm Trials of Strawberry Cultivars and Elite Selections

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

Project Number: 2072-21220-003-20-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Sep 15, 2017
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
Establish a robust on-farm trialing structure to accelerate the commercialization of available genetic resources to increase the economic viability of the Northwest strawberry industry.

Approach:
The principal investigators and cooperator will decide which cultivars and advanced selections will be trialed on-farm. Plant material, preferably runner-propagated plugs, for the trials will be propagated by commercial nurseries. Four growers will be recruited to participate throughout the strawberry growing regions of western Washington and Oregon. Remote sensors will be placed in trial locations to record light intensity, air and soil temperatures, and soil moisture levels through the experimental period. A maximum of four June-bearing cultivars/advanced selections will be evaluated for processing; a maximum of six June-bearing cultivars/advanced selections will be evaluated for fresh market uses; and a maximum of six day neutral cultivars/advanced selections will be evaluated for fresh market use. We plan a minimum of four grower sites per selection with site guidelines being representative of the major northwest growing regions including Northwest Washington, the Willamette Valley, and Southwest Washington.