Coming up: The 2016 North American Berry Conference is December 4-6 in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Educational workshops will include sessions on tunnel production. The North American Berry Conference is part of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo.
North American Berry Conference info is available at:
Multi-bay high tunnels at Michigan State University are now prepped for winter. Ropes that hold the plastic tunnel film in place are rolled up on spools for storage as are the raspberry trellis lines. Tunnel film will be stored in the gutters between bays and wrapped in black plastic to protect it from the elements.
As of November 4, raspberries in the high tunnels at Penn State University’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center are still producing! Last week’s picking produced 6 half-pints per 10’ of row for the cultivar Polka which is equivalent to 3200 half-pints per acre or a little over 1000 pounds per acre. Strawberries are still producing well too.
K. Hanson: Tunnel Berries Outreach Coordinator