June 27, 2017

Gearing up for the 2015 growing season

The winter months are the perfect time to make plans and preparations for our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry growing season.  We learned about a retractable tunnel system from Dubois Agrinovation out of Quebec, Canada.  After doing some further investigation of the system, we decided it give it a try for this year.

In the past, we’ve fabricated our own low tunnel system, which was very labor intensive, to fit the needs of our research project.  However, for 2015, we’ve ordered the Tunnel Flex – Retractable Low Tunnel System.  The company claims that the system is simple and easy to install, while offering the same protection against wind, hail, and heavy rain.

We are hopeful that this new system will work just as well if not better than our own system.  If so, it could offer a more labor-efficient solution to day-neutral low tunnel strawberry production.   Results from our 2015 growing season will be made available in the upcoming months.