September 22, 2017

Fairhaven Farm

Grower collaborators Marsha Anklam and David Macgregor run and own Fairhaven Farm, South Haven, MN. We installed five demonstrations rows of our low tunnel system at their farm.  Marsha and David sell their fruit at local farmers markets, and use the berries for jam production.  They have made the switch from growing June-bearing varieties to […]

Research update!

View the power point presentation of our Day-Neutral Strawberry Research update from 2016-2017. Day_neutral_Partnership_Presentation June 2017

Modification to securing the plastic

During the heat of the summer months, it becomes increasingly important to provide adequate ventilation and temperature control under the low tunnel system.  If the sides remain down on an 80 degree day, it may reach temperatures of 90 plus degrees under the plastic, which is too hot for berry production. In the past couple […]

Winter Rye as Cover Crop

In the past, we have used landscape fabric as weed control in between the strawberry rows.  This method was an excellent means of controlling weeds, but expensive and not environmentally friendly (uses a lot of plastic).  Since then we have sown winter rye in between the rows right after planting.  There are many cover crops […]

2016 Strawberry Yield Trial Results

  2016 Strawberry yield trial results at West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN. Planting established in Spring 2014. Cultivar Lbs/Acre Berry Wt Earliness1 Vigor2 Plant Stand3 Stand Change Oct15-Jun164 Stand Change Oct14-Jun165 Annapolis 3439 6.1 63 8.7 87% 19% -17% Cavendish 6985 10.3 44 7.3 60% 7% -24% Daroyal 9454 9.2 63 9.0 […]

A word from our grower cooperators

Site visits to our three grower cooperators took place during mid-season and again at the end of the growing season.  They assisted with planting, cultural practices, harvest and worked with us to develop and refine the systems in this project, and to assist in educating other growers. Our grower cooperators were: Mary Jo and Laverne […]

2016 Strawberry Economics

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, we made comparisons between low tunnels and non-tunnels to determine if the extra labor, time and expense in constructing the low tunnel system produces comparable yields, or if yields are significantly higher, making the low tunnel system profitable for growers. At the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) […]

2016 Yield Data

In 2016 we established day-neutral strawberry cultivar Albion on raised beds with plastic mulch with and without low tunnels. All treatments were managed under organic certification standards.  Strawberries were grown at the U of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), and the U of MN St. Paul campus (UMTC). One of our objectives […]

How sweet it is: strawberries in October

Day-neutral strawberry harvest at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, began on July 26, 2016 for both low tunnel and non low tunnel treatments.  We harvested strawberries approximately twice per week until Oct. 6.  We experienced a season-ending frost on Oct. 7 with a recorded temperature of 26 degrees F inside the low […]

Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

In the last few years, the University of Minnesota Fruit Research Group’s Strawberry Low-Tunnel Project has spurred several other strawberry projects.  One of them, the Strawberry AMF Inoculation Trial Project, looks at the viability of using commercially available arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculant to improve strawberry yields.  This project is being conducted by Jared Rubinstein, advised […]