Recap of 2014 Mississippi Strawberry Short Course

On May 13 and 14, 2014, the Mississippi Strawberry Short Course took place in Choctaw, MS — just outside of Philadelphia.  A group of 30 attendees had the exciting opportunity to listen to one of the leading strawberry experts in the country, Dr. Barclay Poling (see image below).

Dr. Poling teaching at the MS Strawberry Short Course

Dr. Poling teaching at the MS Strawberry Short Course

A wide variety of topics regarding commercial strawberry production were covered by MSU specialists, current growers, USDA-ARS, and MDAC.  I covered site and cultivar selection for strawberries in Mississippi.  You can download a PDF of that presentation below:

Strawberry Site and Cultivar Selection

We also went out into a small, experimental planting on Choctaw Nation land.  It was a great opportunity to see different strawberry cultivars growing under field conditions.

Attendees looking over the strawberry planting

Attendees looking over the strawberry planting

It was just a little bit early for ripe strawberries at this location (weather plus deer damage), but a few were starting to change color.

A ripening strawberry

A ripening strawberry

You can find more information on this short course at the link below:

http://msucares.com/crops/ssc/

Eventually this link will contain all of the presentations given at the course in PDF format.

All in all it was a very educational event that was made possible by quite a few organizations, primarily the WalMart Foundation (for providing the grant) and MSU (for planning and helping to teach the course).

 

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