North Carolina doesn't have a good climate for strawberries. But don't tell that to the 200 farmers generating 19 million pounds of produce and $30 million dollars on 1800 acres of largely 'Pick Your Own' farms. In order for North Carolina to be third in the nation's strawberry growers, agricultural researchers have developed technologies to help the strawberries bloom and produce fruit in a less than ideal climate.
NGSS Performance Expectation: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
- What is the problem that technology is helping the farmers solve?
- How is data collected about the success or failure of the technology?
- How might erratic weather impact strawberry culture?
- How could strawberry culture be improved to cope with erratic weather?