Gordan S. Miner

Department of Soil Science
North Carolina State University
PO Box 7619
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7619

Room: 3228
Office Phone: 919.515.2635
Email: gordon_miner@ncsu.edu

Specialty: Soil Fertility and Management

Strawberry production in North Carolina has shifted almost completely from the matted row production system to annual hill culture using raised beds with plastic mulch and drip irrigation. As growers convert to the annual hill system, they must modify cultural management practices to maximize profits and maintain environmental quality. The objective of this research is to evaluate the nutrient requirements of strawberry cultivars and to develop production techniques for effective nutrient delivery in the annual hill system. Soil application, drip tube, or combinations of the two are being evaluated for delivery of N, P, K, S, and B. The evaluation of nutrient systems includes effects on chemistry and firmness of the fruit and on nutrient contents of plant tissues. Research data are utilized to formulate guidelines for interpretation of plant tissue analyses. Other horticultural traits examined are effects of cultivars, plant densities, planting dates, and row cover on production and environmental quality.


Extension Publications

  • Farm.A.Syst: Improving Fuel Storage