November 24, 2017

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 […]

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) […]