August 18, 2017

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, […]

End of day neutral strawberry season

Developing strawberry flowers are fragile things. They are susceptible to insect pressures, fungal pressures and climatic pressures as well. Even though our plants are categorically day-neutral, they aren’t immune to unfavorable temperatures, and one little spat of sub-freezing nights can decide that your season is over. That happened at the St Paul site this week. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 

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.      

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 […]