April 29, 2017

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 […]

No Wind Damage

On June 20, 2016, we experienced a wind storm with wind speeds upward of 50 MPH.  While the plastic cover from our low tunnel system blew off the top of the hoops, the entire system was not damaged.  Thankfully, the bungee cords held the plastic close to the side of the hoops, as you can […]

Strawberry Economics

Our current project continues to build on our last three years of research with organic production systems for day neutral strawberries to extend the season using plasticulture with and without low tunnels. Comparative field trials were established in 2015 on organic-certified land at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris […]

Take a quick survey and win a handmade mug!

Farmers, the University of Minnesota needs your input! Whether your farm is urban or rural, small or large, we need your help. Please spend 5 minutes on this survey to guide University of Minnesota specialty crops research, then you can enter to win a handmade ceramic mug from the Department of Horticultural Science.  Click here for […]

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 […]