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UCANR electronic extension journal previously published as "Strawberries and Vegetables"
strawberry fields forever
by Mark Bolda
on August 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM
Yields from misted tips were nearly TWICE that of bare root transplants? Say what?! You have any data to back that up?
by Surendra K. Dara
on August 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM
It is a Driscoll's study, Mark! I am sure they have data to back that up.  
by Mark Bolda
on August 12, 2016 at 4:21 PM
Surendra - You want to work some of your magic and see about getting that data?  
Thing about having DOUBLE the yield with misted tips is that it changes the economics of the whole thing. When we worked with misted tips a few years ago as an organic transplant alternative, they ran us about $1.50 a plant, which didn't even come close to a bare-root plant which costs around $0.14. What's more, with similar yields we found to the bare root, the buck and a half you pay for the plant is about what you are going to yield in fruit in the average organic situation. It's a non-starter because you lose money right out of the gate.  
Now, if you have DOUBLE the yield of the bare root, it changes the perspective a lot. Plus, with the savings you are getting on your planting costs from using this rig things are really moving in the right direction economically. Probably still not in the same range as bare root, but I'm pretty sure we are in the early innings here.  
It's a big deal, I'd love to see the data.
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