August 18, 2017

Modification to securing the plastic

During the heat of the summer months, it becomes increasingly important to provide adequate ventilation and temperature control under the low tunnel system.  If the sides remain down on an 80 degree day, it may reach temperatures of 90 plus degrees under the plastic, which is too hot for berry production. In the past couple […]

Winter Rye as Cover Crop

In the past, we have used landscape fabric as weed control in between the strawberry rows.  This method was an excellent means of controlling weeds, but expensive and not environmentally friendly (uses a lot of plastic).  Since then we have sown winter rye in between the rows right after planting.  There are many cover crops […]

2016 Strawberry Economics

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, we made comparisons between low tunnels and non-tunnels to determine if the extra labor, time and expense in constructing the low tunnel system produces comparable yields, or if yields are significantly higher, making the low tunnel system profitable for growers. At the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) […]

How sweet it is: strawberries in October

Day-neutral strawberry harvest at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, began on July 26, 2016 for both low tunnel and non low tunnel treatments.  We harvested strawberries approximately twice per week until Oct. 6.  We experienced a season-ending frost on Oct. 7 with a recorded temperature of 26 degrees F inside the low […]

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 […]

No Wind Damage

On June 20, 2016, we experienced a wind storm with wind speeds upward of 50 MPH.  While the plastic cover from our low tunnel system blew off the top of the hoops, the entire system was not damaged.  Thankfully, the bungee cords held the plastic close to the side of the hoops, as you can […]

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 […]