January 23, 2018

Healthy plants = Healthy fruit

July is already here, and our day-neutral strawberry plants are looking great!  We’ve seen no evidence of any leaf spot disease; our plants appear to be robust and healthy. It’s extremely important to remove flowers around the first week of July in order to have ripe fruit approximately three weeks later.  By this time, plants […]

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 […]

Build a Low Tunnel!

Participate in the construction of a low tunnel!  Tour will also include growing techniques and tips for day-neutral strawberry cultivars in the Upper Midwest. Tour is part of our annual Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris.  Thursday, July 28, 2016; tour times at 5:15 and 7:15 pm.  For more info, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]