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A Pictorial Guide to the Cleft and Splice Graft Methods for Tomato and Pepper

A Pictorial Guide to the Cleft and Splice Graft Methods for Tomato and Pepper

Vegetable grafting includes three stages: a) preparation, b) splicing or cleft grafting and c) healing/acclimation. Failure to produce a healthy grafted plant can be traced to an error at any stage. Moreover, the second stage (splicing/cleft grafting) is the most quickly completed since (experienced hand-grafters can complete the

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Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide

Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide

Growing Under Cover 2 is here!! Written by Tom Buller, Kansas Rural Center; Dr. Cary Rivard, Kansas State University, Fruit and Vegetable Extension Specialist; and Kim Oxley, Research Extension Associate, Kansas State University, Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide, provides success stories from Kansas farmers who use

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High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

High tunnels and season extension allow farmers to increase the availability of their crops beyond the traditional outdoor growing season. Premium prices and an extended income stream are some of the advantages farmers pursue with season extension techniques. High tunnel production has increased rapidly in recent years

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Are High Tunnels for You?

Are High Tunnels for You?

Adding a new program to your inventory? Smaller, often-temporary structures can provide the protection of a greenhouse to help jump-start a new line of ornamentals or edibles.

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Managing Stress in High Tunnels: Shade Cloth

Managing Stress in High Tunnels: Shade Cloth

The early onset of high temperatures in June has kept us on our toes as we manage our high tunnel production systems at the ISU Horticulture Research Station. While high tunnels bring many benefits to high value crop production, including season extension and increased produce quality, we

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Resources for Tomato Grafting

Cary Rivard Department of Horticulture Kansas State University crivard@ksu.edu Lani Meyer Department of Horticulture Kansas State University ljm7788@ksu.edu GRAFTING SUPPLIES Grafting Clips and Rootstock: http://www.hydro-gardens.com http://www.johnnyseeds.com http://www.tomatogrowers.com Rootstock Seed and Grafted Plants: http://www.johnnyseeds.com https://paramountseeds.com http://www.neseed.com https://www.harrisseeds.com http://www.territorialseed.com http://www.siegers.com http://www.seedway.com INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES http://www.vegetablegrafting.org http://agsyst.wsu.edu/graftingVegetables.html http://cals.arizona.edu/grafting/home http://hightunnels.org/category/organic/organic-insect-and-disease-control/grafting/ Based on

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2014 Evaluation of Determinate Tomato Varieties in High Tunnel Production in Kansas

2014 Evaluation of Determinate Tomato Varieties in High Tunnel Production in Kansas

High tunnel (hoop house) production of vegetables has become very common in Kansas as they protect the crop from wind and storm damage in addition to providing season extension. We conducted a variety trial of determinate hybrid tomatoes grown in a high tunnel to determine which cultivar

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Daylength Calculator

Daylength Calculator

Shows the hours of daylight received during the year for an observer at a given latitude. This is an important factor contributing to the seasons. flash animation

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Growing Under Cover: A Guide to Polytunnel Options for Kansas Growers

Growing Under Cover: A Guide to Polytunnel Options for Kansas Growers

Polytunnels, such as high or low tunnels, offer growers innovative tools to extend the growing season, help reduce risk, and increase yields, while mitigating extreme and “normal” Kansas weather conditions across all seasons. However, plastic-covered tunnels are no silver-bullet solution. They require significant financial investment, can be

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Siting High Tunnels

Siting High Tunnels

Introduction A high tunnel is not, by definition, a permanent structure. Nonetheless, site selection will play an important role in its performance. Considerations in siting a high tunnel include orientation, airflow, shading, windbreaks, drainage, soil quality, weeds and other pests, and purpose. Purpose The purpose of the

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