Submitted to: North American Strawberry Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 18, 2002
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: A new approach to growing strawberries in the mid-Atlantic region has been developed at the USDA-ARS Fruit Laboratory at Beltsville, Maryland. This "Advanced Matted Row" system is an effort to incorporate beneficial aspects of both annual hill and traditional matted row systems, and includes matted row-type culture on raised beds with sub-surface drip irrigation and an organic mulch. The mulch is the residue of a killed cover crop. Described here are specific recommendations for implementing this system based on six years of experience. Also discussed is a comparison of advanced matted row to a local adaptation of annual hill or plasticulture production.