Note to reader, attached is the complete final report for FNE02-418.
One discovery was that a March delivery date of the long-canes from the nursery is too early. It is better to have the plants held as long as possible by the nursery and time arrival for about 4 weeks from when you want to place them out in the field.
The first year of production, at best the returns would only cover the costs. But, subsequent years, the plants return approximately 10 each in profit. At a 10ft row spacing, this could translate to about $40,000 per acre (if price is $2.50 per half pint). It’s important to remember that in the field grown system, the first year yields no fruit and therefore not payback for the initial investment.