Annual Plasticulture Strawberry Update at Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Annual Plasticulture Strawberry Update at Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center

At Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center in Vincennes, IN. We are conducting trials to evaluate annual plasticulture strawberry production systems. Here are the updates of strawberries from different production systems.

In a high tunnel, harvest of fall-planted strawberries started in early April. Cultivars Sensation, Radiance, Ruby June were early cultivars; followed by Beauty, Fronteras. So far, Radiance led the yield. Chandler, San Andreas, Camarosa, Liz and Camino Real were relatively later cultivars.

In the open field, most cultivars of fall-planted strawberries were in full bloom. As mentioned in the article Strawberry Cold Protection Made a Difference, they are susceptible to frost damage. Cold protection is critical for them at this stage. Row cover was successfully used to protect the flowers from frost damage last week.

Day-neutral strawberry cultivars planted on March 9, 2020 established well. Plants were slightly larger under low tunnels. Frost happened last week killed most of the initiated flowers that might delay spring harvest. Instead of starting harvest in middle May as observed in 2019, the harvest may not start until the last week of May or early June. The following video provides updates on plant performance in this week.


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