Research at Brooks greenhouse on increasing your production

A variety of tests on growing tomatoes and strawberries are being conducted at the Brooks Greenhouse located at the Crop Diversification Centre (CDC) to see if there is a way to increase their production.

Last week a couple of groups learned about the projects during a facility tour. The research is being funded by a grant from Results Driven Agriculture Research. “Extension is part of our grant commitment,” said Stewart Jangula, manager of the Brooks Greenhouse.

The project for Sunterra Farms Greenhouse began in 2021. However, Lethbridge College and Sunterra have been working together longer.
In their first year, the college conducted $1.2 million in externally funded research with ten staff. By last year the research had grown to $8 million and 80 staff.

The projects include comparisons of growing different varieties of strawberries – Delizzimo, Soraya, and Yotsuboshi, and tomatoes, including beefsteak and varieties of grape tomatoes, in poly and glass greenhouses using a variety of types of growing mediums such as rockwool. The research also includes light disease control trials.

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