“Use water efficiently, it is the most important raw material on earth''

The Grower Files: Ulrich Osterloh of Erdbeerhof Osterloh about water management

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
His passion is clear: he wants to be the best strawberry producer in Germany, or better still, in all of Europe. Ulrich Osterloh is not merely an expert in his field; he genuinely lives and breathes strawberries. His business, Erdbeerhof Osterloh, grows strawberries on more than 250 ha of land. The large number of new polytunnels is striking, a sign of the transition to covered crops. They reduce the risks that reoccur each year with outdoor cultivation. “Last winter, for example, we were very lucky with the frost, and hail is also a constant threat.” Covered cultivation provides protection and offers the possibility of heating the greenhouses. “And, very important, we can regulate the dosage of water and fertilizers much better”.