February 8, 2016

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Changes Coming to the Fruit Research Blog

New and exciting things are always happening in fruit production research and outreach at the University of Minnesota, and the same is happening with this site. Soon, you will find fruit production information at the University of Minnesota Extension site. Our updated home grower information is already there, and the commercial production info will be there soon, […]

That’s a wrap: the 2015 growing season

As we reflect on the 2015 growing season, we think back on what worked well, what challenges we faced, and began to analyze data.  View our power point presentation of the 2015 season, as presented at the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association meeting in January, 2016.

See us in action

Our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry project has gained attention from the local Morris community, thanks in part to the Morris Sun Tribune.  Throughout the months of June, July, August and September, staff from the local newspaper took pictures, video, and interviewed us on our method of growing day-neutral strawberries in Minnesota. They created three videos about […]

Extend the Raspberry Season with High Tunnels

by Aimee Talbot Raspberries are a common and popular fruit for fresh eating. Raspberries are also an ideal crop to produce for fresh markets or value-added products, as they are easy to grow, produce a crop by their second year, and continue producing for up to ten years. They have the potential to be a […]

Growing strawberries interactive eBook

Are you planning to grow strawberries on your farm next season. Then you should download a copy of our eBook, Cold Climate Strawberry Farming. It’s free and available on any device, desktop or mobile. This eBook was developed and reviewed with the help of experienced strawberry growers throughout Minnesota, in order to be sure it […]

End of day neutral strawberry season

Developing strawberry flowers are fragile things. They are susceptible to insect pressures, fungal pressures and climatic pressures as well. Even though our plants are categorically day-neutral, they aren’t immune to unfavorable temperatures, and one little spat of sub-freezing nights can decide that your season is over. That happened at the St Paul site this week. […]

Rhizoctonia (Black Root Rot) on low tunnel strawberries

Our WCROC, Morris site had an unexpected disease pop up – Rhizoctonia, or black root rot.  We first noticed some strawberry plants wilting.  Then the underside of the leaves turned purplish, and curled up.  Eventually, the crown of the plants died. In order to properly diagnose, we collected plant and soil samples and sent into the […]

A visit with a low tunnel strawberries collaborator

As part of this project, we have several collaborating farms that are also growing day-neutral strawberries using a low tunnel system.  One of those collaborating farms is Prairie Horizons Farm  (Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord) in Starbuck, MN.  Steve had the opportunity to visit with them recently about their experience in the 2015 growing season. […]

Collaborator Visit & Pest Update

Hello again strawberry growers! In this post I will recap a trip to two of our farmer collaborator’s sites, in addition to an update on the pest problem on our research plot this year. Last week I visited 2 farms that are serving as collaborators on our research project- Berry Ridge Farm in Alexandria, MN and […]

Leaf spot disease

We have noticed slight leaf spot disease on the Albion day-neutral strawberry leaves within the last two months.  However, the disease pressure has increased in the last two weeks in the non-low tunnel plot.  As you can see below, the leaf spot is much more prevalent on the non low-tunnel plant leaves than in the […]