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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

 

Strawberry Production Season Extension Using Low Tunnels

– Kim Lewers, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

 

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·        Extend season all summer… longer with frost protection

·        Excellent quality, no Botrytis fruit rot, no powdery mildew, no angular leafspot

·        Plant dormant bare-root plants available from nursery in March

·        Option to cover tunnels with bird netting

·        Anthracnose controls: resistant cultivar some day, drop tunnel sides,  fungicides


 

 

 

Tunnels (no frost protection)

Amount

Cost

3/16" Stainless steel rods

50 12 ft pieces 3/16

$164

5' T-posts for ends

two

$14

Spring tensioners for ends

two

$11

Reusable costs for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$188

Clear poly plastic 12' x 240'

one 240 ft roll

$130

"Stoppers" (HD 100 SIDR 15 PE 3408 CS-100 PSI PR water at 73°F

100'

$30

Tyrite 9600-170 polypropylene baler twine

50 x 15' pieces = 750'

$3

Per planting costs for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$163

Total for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$351

Frost protection

Amount

Cost

misters

20

$53

1 1/2 ft 3/4 in pvc to raise misters

20

$36

Reusable costs for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$89

blue-stripe mister line

200 ft

$42

Per planting costs for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$42

Total for one 200-ft tunnel

 

$131

Bird and fox protection

Amount

Cost

bird netting

3/4" 14' x 200' cut in half

$61


Last Modified: 12/30/2013