Success in the Field; Accomplishments of Phase II of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative 2014 – 2015
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This e-book, “Success in the Field”, reports on the success, achievements, outcomes and impacts of the public-private partnership of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative (NSSI), Phase 2. The NSSI was created with the intent of moving science-based technology from laboratories and experiment farms into producers’ fields, distribution systems, and other industry operations. The goal of Phase 2 was to enhance adoption of best management practices for production and distribution, as well as raise awareness of regional and locally available strawberries, thereby extending the impact of the NSSI. Chapters are contributed from Arkansas, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey and Texas. Each state section includes a description of a project conducted in that state. Projects include production workshops; cover crop research; the use of sensor networks for irrigation, nutrient management and frost protection; sustainable soil management; performance trials and nutrient requirements; and market potential and consumer preference. State sections include references to relevant publications, websites and videos. Grower profiles in each section provide industry experiences and input. A few photographs are pixelated but most are high quality and illustrative of concepts expressed in the text. This compilation is a great example of a multi-state effort to address an important topic and provides a variety of additional communication products and outputs. Impacts of the projects are also communicated.
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