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