Kaitlyn M. Orde, MS Student

Biological Sciences: Agricultural Sciences - MSKaitlyn Orde

Dr. Rebecca Sideman

Extending the production seasons of strawberry and spinach in the Northeastern U.S.

The primary objective of our season extension research with strawberry is to determine the most effective low-tunnel materials for enhancing yield, season duration, and fruit quality of day-neutral strawberry cultivars in the Northeastern United States.
We are also working to determine the most suitable spinach varieties and planting dates for winter production in an unheated high-tunnel environment in the Northeast.
Both projects focus on extending production seasons for growers to support local agriculture and business, and increase the supply of regionally produced food for consumers.