Producing Fruit for Local and Organic Markets
Department and College
Department of Horticultural Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
State of MN (SAES)
Project Start and End Date
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2021
The need to enhance sustainability in fruit production systems adapted to Minnesota's changing climate is driven by increasingly competitive markets, demand by consumers for high quality locally-grown fruit, strong pressure to reduce/eliminate pesticide use, and governments encouraging people to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. In order to meet these needs and maintain profitability, growers need to take a systems approach to their production methods through increasing plant density, exploring new genotypes, and/or changing management strategies to address their customer's needs.