November 24, 2017

CFANS Interim Dean, Dr. Brian Buhr, visits the day-neutral low tunnel system in Morris

CFANS Interim Dean, Dr. Brian Buhr visited the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on October 25, 2013.  During his visit, Dean Buhr outlined his vision for the upcoming year within CFANS.  In turn, faculty, staff, and Extension Educators had the opportunity to share with Dean Buhr program specific successes and […]

Harvest Continues into October

As the preliminary yield data comes in on our day-neutral low tunnel strawberry project, we’re getting excited about the results.  Not only are we seeing an extension of the strawberry season (we began harvesting the 3rd week of July, and are still harvesting strawberries as of the 3rd week of October), but we’re also seeing nice sized fruit and tasting […]

The word is spreading: sweet strawberries in September

Our passion for producing strawberries during a non-traditional time is contagious!  The Fargo Forum ran a story on our research project, taking place at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN.

Strawberries in September

While our low-tunnel strawberry project is still underway, we are excited to share a bit of the story with you, as reported by the Morris Sun Tribune.     

Growing practices for day-neutral strawberries in a low tunnel system

Irrigation The success of your strawberry plants is highly dependent on having a properly installed drip tape irrigation system.  The strawberry plants needs consistent monitoring of moisture levels, followed by proper watering and fertigation. For a complete tutorial on how to set-up these systems, please refer to the proper irrigation water management considerations, published by the University of Minnesota […]

Construction of the low tunnel system for day-neutral strawberries

Materials needed: Black poly stoppers 3/16 inch stainless steel rods 6 inch Ground anchors Either 4 mil or 6 mil, 12 foot wide clear plastic poly Plastic bailing twine Once you’ve created your raised bed with drip tape irrigation lines properly installed under the plastic, the next step is to insert the steel rods and […]

Preparation for spring planting of day-neutral strawberries in a low tunnel system

Materials needed: Bed shaper Mulch machine 4 foot wide, 1 mil white on black plastic mulch Drip tape irrigation Dormant day-neutral strawberry plants The first step in creating a low tunnel system for day-neutral strawberries is site selection.  Choose a spot that is mainly flat and has adequate sun exposure.  The low tunnel production system you […]

Why Grow Strawberries Using a Low Tunnel?

Availability of locally grown strawberries is extremely limited in the Upper Midwest, primarily due to the short growing season. Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, and while there is an expressed interest in having greater access to locally grown strawberries, lack of suitable varieties and production systems has prohibited growers from being […]