“Benefits of growing strawberries under low tunnels” has just been published on the TunnelBerries YouTube channel! Check out this excellent video that discusses the key benefits of growing strawberries under plastic low tunnels in cold climates of North America. Hats off to TunnelBerries colleagues Marvin Pritts and Samantha Willden (Cornell University), Becky Sideman and Kaitlyn Orde (University of New Hampshire) and Kathy Demchak (Penn State University) for developing this excellent low tunnel strawberry production overview!
Primocanes? Floricanes? Are you confused by the raspberry growth cycle and how to prune? Raspberry plants have a complex growth cycle and can be managed in different ways depending on the grower's goals. This new video released by TunnelBerries explains all this and how to manage primocane-fruiting raspberry plants.
TunnelBerries researchers David Conner and Kathleen Demchak recently published an article in HortTechnology based on in-depth interviews of ten growers from across the U.S. who use tunnels for strawberry and cane berry production. Results highlight the benefits and challenges of growing berries in tunnels and identified future research and outreach needs. Congratulations on publishing a very informative article David and Kathy!
Sign up now for the "High Tunnel Bramble Production" workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention!
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania is coming up fast with some tunnel-related events that you won't want to miss! A pre-conference workshop, "High Tunnel Bramble Production" is scheduled for 1/28/19 that includes insights from growers, industry, and researchers in a panel discussion format. This is an excellent opportunity for growers and extension educators alike. Additional educational sessions on high and low tunnels are scheduled during the main convention program. Sign up for the workshop and other events at http://www.mafvc.org/
Plan now to attend the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, January 29-31, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. An all-day pre-convention high tunnel bramble production workshop is scheduled for January 28th. Join other growers for this information-packed event! For more information, check the convention website: http://www.mafvc.org/
Author: Dr. Marvin Pritts, Horticulture, Cornell University
Ag Progress Days will take place August 14-16 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania. Tour the high tunnels and see the research conducted by TunnelBerries personnel at Penn State University!
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This excellent how-to manual covers what growers need to know to be successful growing strawberries under low tunnels in the Northeast U.S. Types of low tunnel structures and plastic covers are detailed as well recommendations for managing the tunnel microclimate, using day neutral strawberry varieties and strategies for winter protection. The "Low Tunnel Strawberry Production Guide", by TunnelBerries personnel Kaitlyn Orde & Becky Sideman (U of New Hampshire), Marvin Pritts (Cornell U.) and Kathy Demchak (Penn State U.) is available as a free download.
Tabletop Strawberry Production System at the Michigan State University Agriculture Innovations Day, Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, June 28th.
TunnelBerries graduate, Heidi Anderson, joins the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to work on invasive insect project.