Can strawberries develop into mainstream crop for Texas growers?

It’s not easy to find strawberries growing among the lush, subtropical landscape of South Texas citrus, sugarcane and palm trees. But that could change, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service fruit and vegetable specialist.

For several months, Dr. Juan Anciso has been on a sharp learning curve as he tries his hand at growing strawberries a few hundred yards from his office at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, a city in the lower Rio Grande Valley.

His efforts are funded by a one-year grant from the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by the University of Arkansas Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability.

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