Plants are in the ground (before May 1st!)
We were incredibly lucky to have gotten on our field a few weeks ago before all this rain! Had we not jumped on the opportunity, we would not have met our target planting date of the last week of April.
But with beds laid, we were ready to plant when our dormant bare-rooted plants arrived the week of April 24, and got them all in the ground on the nice overcast day of April 27, 2017.
Our primary study evaluating materials for low tunnel strawberry production includes the day-neutral variety 'Albion'. However, we really wanted to look at additional day-neutral varieties, so this year, we are evaluating five other varieties in addition to 'Albion': 'San Andreas', 'Monterey', 'Portola', 'Seascape', and 'Aromas'. These varieties will be grown both under low tunnels and uncovered. We will record yield, percent marketable fruit, Brix (sugar) content, and runner production for all varieties. We are super excited about this study!!!
Early next week, we will replace any plants that did not take, and will be working on getting low tunnels constructed over the next two weeks. More updates to come! Stay tuned and visit the Sideman Lab website to learn about the other projects we are working on!
This project is funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and Tunnel Berries, a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant titled "Optimizing Protected Culture for Berry Crops" in collaboration with the following universities: