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Innovative Tunnel System Allows Profitable Strawberry Production At High Elevations

June 22, 2011: 08:35 PM EST
With demand for fresh strawberries on the rise, there is a need for growing regions that have optimal conditions beyond California and Florida. For this study, scientists experimented with “high tunnels” as a technique for extending the growing season in less-than-perfect climates, such as in the high-elevation valleys of the Intermountain West. They found that the tunnels boost out-of-season yields and total seasonal production. And with early yields sold at a 50 percent price premium, a 4.3 m x 29.3-m high tunnel using the in-ground production system generates an additional $2,770 in revenue compared with field production and a profit increase of $1,658. The researchers concluded that high tunnels are an effective and economical system for extending the strawberry growing season in states like Utah.
Daniel Rowley, et al., "Early-season strawberry tested in high elevation conditions", Press release, American Society for Horticultural Science, June 22, 2011, © American Society for Horticultural Science
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