Strawberry cultivation is increasingly important in horticulture worldwide. With the expertise of consultants of Delphy this course will provide knowledge and skills to upgrade your strawberry production. The participants are international, (relatively) new in strawberry cultivation and are active in middle of upper layer of management. During this three-day intensive course physiology, strawberry cultivation and greenhouse production will be highlighted. Field trips to relevant companies are part of the course.
The outline below is a proposed outline and will be adjusted for each group of participants to fully meet their demands.
Delphy Improvement Centre, Bleiswijk, The Netherlands
Course Program (changes may occur for organisational reasons)
Day 1: Plantphysiology, morphology strawberry plant & climate
- Introduction of program, participants and Delphy
- Plant = factory
All processes in plant. Photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, etc. and their relation for optimization of production. Generative/vegetative.
- Strawberry morphology & physiology
A closer look to the strawberry plant. Photo period response groups. Plant morphology and translation of the physiological processes to strawberry. Final topic flowermapping: what is flowermapping and how to read it.
- Climate general introduction
Introduction greenhouse climate control including Mollier diagram.
- Climate strategy strawberry
Greenhouse climate used in strawberry production including Next Generation Climate
- Field visit to the trials at Delphy Improvement Centre.
Day 2: Cultivation and Management
- Propagation, cultivation and production systems
Information about the Dutch way of propagating and cultivating strawberries. Different production systems are shown and explained. Other topics are strawberry varieties, planttypes and NAK certification.
- Practical assignment
Design your own situation; optimalization of strawberry production.
- Field visits to strawberry growers.
Day 3: Irrigation, fertilizer & pest diseases
- Irrigation general introduction
How does the plant take up water and fertilizer. Relation with hyumidity, temperature and radiation.
- Irrigation strategy strawberry
Waterstrategy specific for strawberry cultivation.
Nutrients in strawberry; how to apply, function, problems.
- Pests & Diseases
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to control pests by monitoring and using benificial insects that eat or parasitize target pests. The use of chemicals is reduced to a minimum level only for support of biological control.
- Practical assignment
Practical scouting in crop in greenhouse.
- Field visit to a substrate producer
€ 2.250,= (excluding VAT)
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