Berry Sweet Strawberries
Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length of the Granite State’s strawberry growing season as part of a multi-year research project that aims to benefit both growers and consumers.
New Hampshire’s strawberry season traditionally lasts only four to six weeks. Last year, researchers working on the multi-state TunnelBerries project at the Durham, New Hampshire Experiment Station facility grew a day-neutral variety, which produces fruit through the summer and fall. Researchers at the used low tunnels, temporary structures made of wire hoops and plastic covers. They harvested strawberries for 19 consecutive weeks from mid-July through November. They also found that the low tunnels significantly increased the percentage of marketable fruit, from an average of about 70 percent to 83 percent.
The project is supported by NIFA's Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Read about UNH's strawberries.Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.