Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE04-528.
The purpose of this project was to grow weed-free strawberries on unfumigated raised beds, using dormant bare root transplants with no (or minimal) herbicides. Drip lines for irrigation were buried when forming the beds and laying plastic. Dwarf perennial rye grass seed was broadcast between plastic strips and mowed when needed. Strawberry transplants were planted by hand with a simple hand tool in pre-punched holes. The floating row cover (FRC) was used for winter protection instead of straw and has performed better than expected. Although the initial costs were higher, this system produced a larger and earlier crop, ensuring a better dollar return.