TunnelBerries personnel, Kathy Demchak and Matt Cooper, recently worked with students at Pennsylvania State University to construct a high tunnel on the Penn State Student Farm. Students will now have expanded hands-on experience with food production systems using protected culture!
An organic potted raspberry system with various potting media is being tested at the Michigan State University Horticulture Teaching and Research Center. Media being evaluated include: leaf compost and bark, leaf compost with minerals, coconut coir, and vermicompost. Fruit yield and quality will be recorded in addition to determining the economic viability of this production system.
Picking Strawberries in November: University of New Hampshire Researchers Extend NH Strawberry Growing Season
University of New Hampshire researchers working on the multi-state TunnelBerries project were picking day-neutral strawberries in Durham, NH last November. Last year, experiment station researchers harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks from mid-July through the week of Thanksgiving. They also found that the low tunnels significantly increased the percentage of marketable fruit, from an average of about 70 percent to 83 percent.
July 12 Vegetable and Fruit Field Day at Penn State University's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center
The Vegetable and Fruit Field Day on July 12, 2017 in Rock Springs Pennsylvania is offered jointly by Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and Penn State Extension and Penn State researchers. The Field Day is an opportunity to see and hear about research at Pennsylvania State University on a range of crops including low tunnel strawberry production as well as high tunnel strawberry and raspberry production. This event take place at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.