In all those areas where the strawberry is intensively grown, the cases of reduction in production and poor quality of harvest, often generically attributed to phenomena of "soil fatigue", are particularly serious. In fact, the reasons that can explain the reduction in the production of strawberry fields are manifold and, of course, among them we must remember the presence of pathogenic fungi, weeds, insects and parasitic nematodes harmful to the crop. Soil fumigation allows drastically reducing the potential inoculation of the main pathogens and pests in the soil,controlling weeds and increasing the availability of nitrogen thanks to the mineralization of the organic matter.
Soil disinfection and integrates alternative strategies
An estimate of the importance of soil fumigation in Italy was conducted thanks to a complex technical-economic study developed by Nomisma in 2008. This study analyzed the state of the global use of fumigants in Italy in the most intensive (monocultural) sectors of national horticulture, tracing out a series of possible scenarios with way of a simulation of the progressive unavailability of chemical fumigants. This study essentially confirmed the close dependence of intensive horticulture on the use of fumigants, foreseeing a significant contraction of the gross saleable production in the event of a total elimination of the use of these substances in the absence of an adequate substitution through alternative strategies or solutions.
Due to the above reasons, from a future perspective, it is essential to start working from today on alternative strategies to the use of these substances.
Alternative solutions for a good planting of young seedlings
1. The seedlings already mycorrhized have a stronger, more extensive root system, able to better withstand the stress related to planting and to absorb water and nutrients with greater efficiency. Also important is the use of a good organic substance when preparing the the soil, which improves the soil structure and liveability for the plant, in addition to enriching it with beneficial microbial flora.
2. In cases where no already mycorrhized seedlings are used in the nursery, it is possible to make use of mycorrhization in the field, which, in any case, has considerable benefits and allows obtaining stronger and more resistant plants.
3. The use of a good root formation stimulator is essential to overcome transplantation-related stress and to help the plant develop a good root system in view of production.
A healthy plant, with a good root system, in a soil rich in quality organic matter can give good productions, even when it is not possible to fumigate the soil.
Agriges strategy fertilization strategy
When preparing the soil, RYCYNEEM S. A revitalizing basal fertilizer for tired and impoverished soils, especially designed to increase their long-term fertility. It is a product based on precious raw materials of vegetable and animal origin. Activated by the following bacterial strains: Thermoactinomyces spp., Streptomyces spp. and Bacillus spp., obtained through the exclusive MICROZYMTRIO production technology, are the ones responsible for guaranteeing the high and constant effectiveness of RYCYNEEM S against soil fatigue.
From this year the product is enriched by the presence of highly micronized elemental sulfur that is the corrective par excellence of alkaline soils as, once distributed in the soil, it undergoes biochemical transformations, helping to rebalance the pH of the soil and improve its chemical and physical properties.
RYCYNEEM S revives the soil, rebalances its microbial component and nourishes the plant with harmony.
Agriges recommends its application before solarization in order to maximize its effectiveness and improve the soil liveability.
After transplanting: DRAKS, an exclusive concentrate, in soluble powder, of bacteria (PGPR) and mycorrhizal fungi which, in a synergistic way, promote the growth of plants.
These microorganisms interact with the young plant, providing it with growth-regulating substances which stimulate the development of root system and root hair.
The synergy between mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria optimises the plant's ability to absorb water and nutrients necessary for its development.
To promote rooting, NEMA 300 WW, a bioactivator of root development of completely vegetable origin composed of vegetal oils and rare officinal essences whose chemical composition gives the product an auxin-similar action, a similar activity to that carried out by auxins, plant hormones that stimulate the development of the root system.
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