October 23, 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, […]

Twospotted spider makes an appearance in low-tunnel system

Twospotted spider mite damage was detected on the leaves of day-neutral strawberry plants under the low-tunnel system in late July.  While the damage was slight, it certainly came as a surprise since we did not experience this type of insect problem in 2013 with our low-tunnel system.  Typically, the twospotted spider mite is found in […]

Removing flower blossoms from day-neutral strawberries

In 2013 and 2014, we removed flower blossoms from day-neutral cultivars in early, mid and late June for optimum production.  Recently, we came across an experiment that shares some new information on when and why you should remove day-neutral flowers. University of Maryland Professors and Extension Educators released a publication in September of 2009 suggesting […]

Low Tunnel Tour!

The University of Minnesota (U of MN) and the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris, invite you to a tour of our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry plot.  Tours will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 beginning at 5:15 pm and again at 7:30 pm, running one hour in length each time. The […]

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 […]

End of season day-neutral strawberry yields

One of the objectives of our project was to determine if the use of a low tunnel system with day-neutral strawberries could provide adequate yields.  Traditional June-bearing strawberry varieties in Minnesota have a baseline yield of 5,500 pounds per acre (lb/A).  As shown below, lb/A of each of the six cultivars in the low tunnel and non-low […]