Strawberry Fields Forever, Sort of
University of New Hampshire researchers have found a way to quadruple the length of the state’s strawberry growing season, from four to 19 weeks. Using low tunnels (tunnel-like structures that provide growing conditions similar to greenhouses), producers may harvest strawberries from mid-July through Thanksgiving week. The technique will increase production by about 80 percent, adding to the state’s $1.85 million-per-year strawberry industry.
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