TunnelBerries Researchers Developing New Berry Production Strategies for the Upper Midwest and New England
Growing berry crops in the northern states is challenged by cold winters and short, wet summers, prompting farmers to looking for a ways to meet the ever growing consumer demand for fresh, high quality berries. TunnelBerries researchers from the US and UK convened in Michigan and Pennsylvania to develop a strategy for just that, by growing berry crops in protective structures in the form of tunnels covered with plastic sheeting help to provide some protection, allowing northern farmers to produce berries crops profitably in areas usually hampered by poor weather conditions. Plastic covered tunnels also have the potential to minimize damage from insect pests and plant diseases, thereby reducing the need to apply pesticides.
K. Hanson: Tunnel Berries Outreach Coordinator