New Production Technologies
The Specialty Crops Program will continue research in innovative technologies for season extension and protected production.
CSU is teaming up with other U.S. universities through the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) to trial new and known vegetable cultivars. The goal is to find high performing cultivars specific to each region in the U.S.
The Specialty Crops Program is currently investigating hydroponic tomato production with LED inter lighting.
New Crop Introduction
The Specialty Crop Program is currently installing an irrigation trial on Aronia melanocarpa, or black chokeberry.
This project is funded by the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Block Grant.
High Tunnel Tomato Prunning
Graduate Student Brian Mitchell is studying cluster and sucker pruning effects on high tunnel tomato production.
Disease Suppression in Onions
Field research looks to investigate potassium fertilizers impact on suppressing Iris Yellow Spot Virus (IYSV), a common thrips vectored virus in onions in Colorado.