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I've been thinking about growing greenhouse strawberries. Will this work?

Greenhouse strawberries might grow well in some areas, but previous attempts of greenhouse strawberries have proven unfeasible. This is due to several problems:

  1. Yield in the greenhouse has been poor. If you can't consistently harvest a pound of fruit per plant or more, the economics will not support growing this crop. Most growers that I have seen do not exceed this yield.
  2. Spider mites are a serious problem on strawberries. There are no registered chemicals for spider mites on greenhouse strawberries. You do not want to use illegal chemicals.
  3. Botryitis (gray mold) is a serious fungal disease on strawberries. There are no registered chemicals for diseases on greenhouse strawberries. You do not want to use illegal chemicals.
  4. Greenhouse strawberries must be pollinated. In order to get adequate pollination, it is necessary to bring in hives of bumblebees. While there are vendors who can provide these, this is another system a grower needs to understand how to handle.
  5. As with any crop, be sure there is a strong market for it before investing.
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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables August 17, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Greenhouse Tomatoes January 18, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 27th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 7 and 8.

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information. Experienced growers and industry professionals from around the U.S. also will speak.

The short course will be at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center, located at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Green Industry, Greenhouse Tomatoes February 12, 2015

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals can learn all aspects of production during the 25th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 3 and 4 in Raymond.

Experts from the tomato industry, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information.

The workshop will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes February 5, 2014

JACKSON – Greenhouse tomato growers can learn everything from greenhouse design to budgeting during the 24th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 4-5 in Raymond.

Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the University of Florida Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Auburn University and the tomato industry will present information to help current growers and those interested in starting a greenhouse tomato business.

Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes January 31, 2013

RAYMOND -- Tomato growers from around the world will attend Mississippi State University’s 23rd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5 and 6 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

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