July 4th & we're picking!
We started picking our first fruit this week in Durham from both our low-tunnel material study and our variety trial. For the most part, the first berries have been large, about 15-30g each (rightfully named the "king berry"). Secondary and tertiary berries are on their way, as well as more flower/fruit trusses.
As we enter July, we will pick twice/week and continue to fertilize through the drip irrigation once/week at a rate of 2.5 lbs N/week (using a 21-5-20 soluble fertilizer).
We removed runners for the second time from our low-tunnel material study on Monday, July 3. There were MANY and it was time consuming. We will continue to remove runners 2x/month for this experiment. In our other experiment (the variety trial), we planned to remove runners monthly, but may have to remove them a bit more frequently at the start of the season if they are numerous so that production is not negatively affected. They also become more difficult and time consuming to remove as they mature... so while very frequent removal is not practical, removing them before they become too significant of a sync is necessary.
Visit the Sideman Lab website to learn about the other neat projects we are working on!
This project is funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and TunnelBerries, 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: