New Mexico isn’t known for its production of strawberries. However, a new study is underway and looking to determine the feasibility of growing strawberries as a specialty crop in the northern parts of the state. Fruit tree crops are often damaged by late frosts. These frosts decimate the production and harvest and profitability of New Mexico farmers.
Strawberries produce fruit in clusters, and their blossoms are often not uniformly destroyed by frosts. As such, the study currently underway is evaluating whether or not growing strawberries makes sense and can overcome the unique challenges of the region. So far, of the 16 varieties in the study, Kent, Mesabi, Cavendish, Honeoye, Brunswick, and Cabot have shown the most resistance to cold injury.
For the full story from the Southwest Farm Press, see here: NMSU studies strawberries as potential alternative crop for Northern New Mexico
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