Strawberries growing in a low-tunnel system.

Producing Fruit for Local and Organic Markets

Principal Investigator

Emily Hoover

Department and College

Department of Horticultural Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Project Number

21-089

Funding Type

State of MN (SAES)

Project Start and End Date

July 1, 2016-June 30, 2021

Project Summary

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.