Photos and text by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
Planting Strawberries at Logan Farm
Bill and Daniel Logan
The Logan family raises a wide variety of horticultural crops including vegetables, strawberries, and nursery and greenhouse crops. They also raise poultry, hay, straw, and field corn. The strawberries that their customers enjoy in the spring are planted in early October. For one day a year the Logans bring in outside workers to get the plants in the ground. It takes the crew most of the day to get all the beds planted.
The fresh-dug strawberry plants are shipped from Canada. This bundle shows the abundant root and shoot growth.
This farmworker moves quickly down the beds, planting a double row of strawberry plants. It’s tough work being bent over all day!
A close-up of the tool used to push the roots down into the planting hole.
A newly planted field, showing irrigation pipe on top of one of the beds. The overhead irrigation will help protect the plants from freezes. The bee hive in the background will provide pollinators when the plants are blooming next spring