New Production Technologies
The Specialty Crops Program will continue research in innovative technologies for season extension and protected production.
The Specialty Crops Program is currently investigating new LED greenhouse lighting technologies. Two projects underway look at tomato production using new LED inter lighting and strawberry production under different quality LEDs.
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. More info here.
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.