Videos will show how to grow hydroponic strawberries

07/11/2013 09:28:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

By switching from soil to a hydroponic system, growers may be able to produce strawberries year-round.

To help farmers wanting to make the switch, the University of Arkansas plans to produce a series of instructional videos, according to a news release.

The project is one of several funded by the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, which the Wal-Mart Foundation is supporting with a $3 million donation.

The videos will demonstrate how growers can build, maintain and use different hydroponic systems to produce strawberries in a more sustainable way, according to the release.

Michael Evans, a horticulturist based in Fayetteville, will lead the project.

In addition to extending the season, using hydroponics in high tunnels or drop-wall greenhouses should help growers reduce chemical inputs for soil sterilization, fertilization, and weed and pest control.

"As we assemble the structures and systems and manage the strawberry crops, we will produce detailed videos that document each phase, from building structures to harvesting fruit,” Evans said in the release.

The group also will monitor the number of viewings and comments as well as the number of strawberry growers who convert over to hydroponics.

Evans says he expects to begin filming in about a month, and expects to post the first video on the Web in two to three months.



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Alywn Brown    
July, 15, 2013 at 04:57 AM

Hi, Vicky... I’m glad to read this useful article. Being a Hydroponic grower I like the help Hydroponic enthusiast. I do believe in the fact that soilless growing has great future; farmer and growers are switching to Hydroponics because it is more beneficial and futuristic. You can pretty much guess the timeline of your grow and most importantly you will be able to sow it around the year. For more detail you can get Rosebud Magazine, the 27th edition of this Magazine offer product coupon for base nutrients 2-Part Jungle Juice. Locate your nearest Hydroponic store: http://goo.gl/kdoIq

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