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Fresh red raspberries are a consumer favorite in Utah and have a high value but short shelf life, making them an excellent candidate crop for local direct market sales. However, Utah’s high-elevation valleys often experience harsh winter temperatures and short growing seasons, limiting raspberry yields. Raspberry plants exhibit one of two fruiting patterns: the summer-bearing type or the fall-bearing varieties, also referred to as “ever bearers” because of their ability to produce both fall and summer crops. These may be better suited in areas with harsh winter conditions that cause cane dieback. High tunnels can be an effective tool in advancing primocane fruiting for short-growing-season areas and protecting fruit from sunburn, but cultivars need to be adapted to Utah conditions. Here we report results from a comparison of early fall-bearing raspberries for high tunnel production in northern Utah.



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