The sidewalls on the high tunnel are automatic and lift up from the ground to close. Sometimes there is a gap at the top of the sidewall where cold wind can blow in. Randy had the idea of putting a sheet of some material on the top so it would block the gap. We decided on plastic. Shelia, Randy and Jeremy put the plastic strips up today. We are going to see if this helps.
The Great Plains Growers’ Conference was held in Saint Joseph, Missouri from Thursday, January 7 – Saturday, January 9, 2016. Jennifer Morganthaler, an MSU graduate student in Agriculture working with Drs. Elliott and McClain, presented some information on the research project she is working on for her Master’s degree program in the Small Fruit Session on Saturday. The project involves the evaluation of raspberry cultivars in grow bags in a high tunnel. Progress to date on the second year of this four-year project was presented. There was a lot of interest from the growers and the group had many questions. Jennifer did a great job!!
This research is funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the USDA.
The bagged raspberries were moved out of the high tunnel today. We left the canes in the tunnel and removed the roots. The reason is we want to record the weight of the canes for each replication, but need the leaves to dry and then be removed before we do so. The raspberry crown and roots in the grow bags are protected with straw mulch and will overwinter outdoors.
Faculty from the Chongquing Academy of Agricultural Research visited the Fruit Experiment Station yesterday, Monday, November 9. Drs. Wenping Qiu and Chin-Feng Hwang participated in the event and helped interpret information for the group. Gary Dau, International Coordinator for University of Missouri, let the group who toured the genomics lab, greenhouses, the field and research area and the winery distillery.
Photos will be uploaded shortly (as soon as my work computer is back online!)
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If I have a nickle for every time Jeremy Emery (one of our two Field Supervisors) asked me when we are going to quit harvesting the high tunnel raspberries . . .
Crimson King is the latest bearing cultivar in our raspberries in grow bags trial with the majority of the crop ripening in November. The good news is that we sprayed pesticides for spotted wing drosophila control until the end of September, but have not seen any larvae in sound fruit using salt water tests since then. We did not apply any pesticides in October and do not see any signs of the pest in this late season harvest period.
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Pam Turner brought in the branch of a flowering shrub for identification. I had not seen it before so we sent a photo to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Chip Tynan – manager of the garden’s Horticultural Answer Service – informed us that the specimen was a THORNLESS form of Lycium chinense – the goji or wolfberry! Pam brought a specimen with the fruit on Monday. Here are photos of the flower and the fruit.
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