March 24, 2017

Cold Climate Strawberry Farming Now Available for FREE on Inkling.com

Strawberry farming can be successfully accomplished on a commercial scale throughout much of Minnesota, and strawberries are also well suited for small-scale and part-time farming operations. Although the number of acres in Minnesota is relatively small, the value per acre can provide a significant amount of revenue for Minnesota growers. Now, breaking into commercial strawberry […]

CCSF Cover Reveal

Since MOSES the public life of our interactive e-book, Cold Climate Strawberry Farming, has been rather quiet. We got a lot of great feedback from everyone at both MFVGA and MOSES and we’ve been diligently working away on the edits that everyone suggested. In addition, we’ve been planning and shooting the myriad of videos that […]

Low tunnel construction for use with day-neutral strawberries

As the weather permits, we are beginning construction of our low-tunnel system in preparation for another growing season of day-neutral strawberries.  For detailed instructions on how to construct a raised bed, low-tunnel system for strawberry use, please refer to our Construction video, or visit the Construction post from May 2013. 

Gearing up for another growing season

We are gearing up for another exciting year of day-neutral low tunnel strawberry farming.  The growing season of 2013 provided us with valuable opportunities to learn how this system can work for strawberry growers in the Upper Midwest.  Based on what we learned, we are heading into our second year with a few tweaks and […]

Looking ahead to the 2014 growing season

 Now that all of the data has been collected and analyzed for our 2013 growing season, we look forward to a 2014-2015 growing season!  Hear Steve’s final thoughts on the project for 2013.      

What we learned

With one growing season under our belt, we now have a better idea of where we need to focus our research efforts in year two in order to improve the low tunnel system.  Watch as Steve Poppe shares his thoughts and ideas for improvements for the 2014 growing season.        

The economics of growing low tunnel strawberries

   Establishment costs for creating a low tunnel system are important to consider for any strawberry grower.  Based on our 2013 growing season, we developed the following table (see below) using our actual costs for creating a low tunnel day-neutral strawberry system.  Establishment Costs Variable Costs per 100 feet Fertilizer $11.67 Fertigation injector (2 gal) $73.00 Pesticides […]

Gaining Momentum

The word is quickly spreading of our documented success in extending the strawberry season!   By using day-neutral strawberry cultivars in a low tunnel production system, we’ve not only seen a noticeably sweeter strawberry, but have harvested well beyond the traditional June strawberry season.  Our research project was recently highlighted in the March/April 2014 edition of the […]

Feedback Sessions at MOSES Conference

After reading more about Cold Climate Strawberry Farming, are you interested in checking it out? While it’s not quite ready to be released to the public yet, we are doing feedback sessions at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference on February 28 in La Crosse, WI. We are looking for feedback from people with all levels […]

Cold Climate Strawberry Farming: A Guide to Growing and Selling Strawberries in Cold Climates

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey on growing strawberries last September. It gave us some great information about what current growers think is important to know as well as what new growers are really wondering about. Strawberries can be successfully grown on a commercial scale throughout much of Minnesota and are also […]