April 23, 2018

Weed Control Demonstration

2017 Results

Yields in lbs/acre was the lowest it’s been since 2013 for our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry project here at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris. The spring planting date of these day-neutral strawberries was average and the plants appeared healthy. Initially there was some plant loss which may have been a result of […]

Biodegradable Mulch

One of the objectives with our annual day-neutral strawberry system was to compare biodegradable mulch with standard white on black plastic mulch.  During the 2017 growing season, we compared Bio360 biodegradable compostable black mulch film with our standard white on black plastic mulch. As stated from the manufacturer’s website, Bio360 is made of Mater-Bi®, a plastic that […]

Berries at Tangletown

Tangletown Farm is located in Plato, MN, along with its sister companies Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Eatery.  We are happy to partner with them as a collaborating site for our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry project in 2017. Based on their experience with this growing system, they shared with us a few of their successes […]

Low Tunnel Strawberries at Little Hill Berry Farm

One of our grower collaborator sites for our low tunnel strawberry project was at Little Hill Berry Farm in Northfield, MN.  We partnered with owners Aaron Wills and Molly McGovern Wills on the installation of two 100 foot rows of low tunnel day neutral strawberries.  They later installed an additional eight rows for their pick-your-own […]

Weed control – what not to do

The winter rye, which was planted in May 2017 as a cover crop in between the rows, failed to provide adequate cover to suppress weeds.  By mid-August, the winter rye had died off, which allowed weeds to take over in between the rows.  Our best guess is that the winter rye had met it’s reasonable […]

Strawberry Fall Harvest

We continue to be impressed with the quality and quantity of strawberries coming from our day-neutral low tunnel system.  As of October 3, we are still harvesting strawberries twice per week with no sign of slowing down in the near future. With the cooler fall weather we’ve been having in the last few weeks, we […]

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 […]