Day-neutral strawberries can produce fruit during the summer and fall when regular strawberry production has ceased, thereby diversifying fruit production. In Iowa and the Midwest, cultural practices suggest the removal of flowers and runners until early July, but little information is known about cultural practices to shift production to cooler times of the summer and fall. Removing flowers and runners requires additional labor throughout the season. This study compares the production practices of removing flowers and runners and how those practices affect total fruit production, average berry size, and plant biomass.
Iowa State University
Portz, Dennis N. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "Effect of Removal of Runners and Flowers from Day-neutral Strawberries on Time of Harvest and Total Yields" (2010). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 328.