November 24, 2017

Sweet Success

During the late summer/fall picking season at the WCROC site, we tasted a noticeably sweet strawberry.  We randomly took brix levels during the picking season of all six cultivars in the low tunnel and non-low tunnel treatments.  The results showed an average brix level of 7.6 between late July and early October in both low and non-low tunnel treatments.

To compare these brix levels, we also randomly took readings in our 2013 WCROC June bearing variety trial between late June and early July; the results showed an average brix level of 7.7.  This comparison shows that day-neutral cultivars are just as sweet as June-bearing cultivars commonly grown in Minnesota.

 

Many thanks to the North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) which helped to sustain this project.