- Fruits: berries (other)
- Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
- Farm Business Management: new enterprise development
- Pest Management: biological control, botanical pesticides
- Production Systems: general crop production
To explore whether it’s possible to get an early, controlled spring production of greenhouse raspberries, the farmer will refrigerate four raspberry varieties for varying periods and then observe them for growth, leafing, and yield. The goal is to verify the chilling times these different varieties require and to help farmers avoid moving plants into the greenhouse too early or too late, errors that increase labor and affect profits directly. Outreach will be through growers’ networks, newsletters, and extension.