April 29, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Harvesting and pests

    We’ve just finished up our 5th week of harvest here on the St Paul site, and it’s been an interesting year so far. It took awhile longer for the plants to start producing at their normal high rates, and total yields this year aren’t what we’re used to. There are multiple reasons for this: […]

Determining Optimal Nitrogen Rates

As promised in my last post, today I’m going to explain the purpose of the UofMN low tunnel strawberry project for the 2015 and 2016 seasons: determining optimal nitrogen rates for annual, day-neutral strawberry production in the Upper Midwest. Over the last 2 seasons we focused on which cultural practices and cultivars worked best in combination. […]

Day-neutral flower and runner removal

For our day-neutral strawberry project, we chose to remove flowers and runners early in the growing season, thus putting all of the plants growing energy into producing fruit.  We first removed flowers and cut runners in late May, again in early June and, finally in early July.  Timing of early July flower removal should provide […]