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Quantities of quality: Fruit quality of kiwiberry in Minnesota

August 4, 2021
kiwiberries spilling out of an overturned teacup

Quantity or quality? Fruit growers rely on both, but how is quality measured?

by Seth Wannemuehler and Emily Tepe


Timing is everything: Harvesting kiwiberries in Minnesota

August 4, 2021
kiwiberry fruit hanging on the vine

Harvesting can be tricky for a fruit that doesn’t change color. So how do we know when a kiwiberry is ready to harvest?

by Seth Wannemuehler


Choosing kiwiberry varieties

June 30, 2021
Hand holding several Actinidia kolomikta fruit

You’ve been hearing about an exciting new fruiting vine called kiwiberry that can produce tropical tasting fruit in Minnesota, but which varieties should you plant?

by Seth Wannemuehler


Insect repellents for berries

April 29, 2021
blueberry fruit on plants

Can spraying essential oils protect ripening berries from invasive spotted-wing drosophila?

by Matthew Gullickson


Vineyard cover crops, part 4: Ryegrass

March 8, 2021
vineyard with grass cover crop

This week we’re taking a look at ryegrass, and how its use as an under-vine cover crop affects various aspects of a vineyard.

by Jayden Corliss


Germination: Dissuasion for invasion?

December 1, 2020
germinated kiwiberry plant just emerging from soil in a greenhouse tray

The ability for a plant to become invasive depends on a number of factors like growth rate, flower longevity, and reproductive capability. Seed germination falls under this last category and may be telling about the future of kiwiberry production.

by Seth Wannemuehler


Vineyard cover crops, part 3: White clover

September 8, 2020
clover growing under grapevines

This week we’re taking a look at white clover, and how its use as an under-vine cover crop affects various aspects of a vineyard.

by Jayden Corliss


Testing tabletop strawberries in the Upper Midwest

August 24, 2020
strawberries growing in raised troughs

Are you interested in growing strawberries with reduced labor or on marginal land? We are testing a raised gutter growing system to meet those goals.

by Nathan Dalman


Consumer curiosity and the case of the kiwiberry

August 17, 2020
various berries and comment form set up for consumer survey

How do you market a new fruit that most people have never tried? Read more to find out how kiwiberries are piquing consumer interest.

by Seth Wannemuehler


Vineyard cover crops, part 2: Buckwheat

August 10, 2020
buckwheat cover crop growing under grapevines

This week we’re taking a look at buckwheat, and how its use as an under-vine cover crop affects various aspects of a vineyard.

by Jayden Corliss


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