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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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Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Growers using greenhouses in which temperature, light and relative humidity are controlled have relied for many years on releases of natural enemies to manage a pest like aphids, thrips and two-spotted spider mites. However, many of the natural enemies used to manage these pests in heated structures

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Weed Management Strategies for Organic Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant in the Southern United States

Weed Management Strategies for Organic Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant in the Southern United States

Abstract In organic production, tomato, pepper, and eggplant are normally started indoors and transplanted to the field to give them a head start on the weeds. Crops kept free of weeds for the first 4–8 weeks (tomato) or 8–10 weeks (eggplant, pepper) after transplanting can usually outcompete

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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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NRCS EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

NRCS EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

How The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative Works The High Tunnel System is a conservation practice available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This practice helps producers: Extend the growing season Improve plant quality and soil quality Reduce nutrient and pesticide transportation Improve air quality through reduced

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Season Extension Topic Room

Season Extension Topic Room

From low covers to high tunnels, from hoop houses to greenhouses – producers are finding ever more innovative ways to extend the growing season, and their income stream.  Below is the topic room of resources provided by SARE. Season Extension: An Overview Don’t know a hoop house

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How to Build a PVC Hoophouse for your Garden

How to Build a PVC Hoophouse for your Garden

An unheated PVC hoophouse can be a useful addition to your garden. It keeps excessive rain off the plants, blocks the wind, raises daytime temperatures 5-10 degrees (and often much more), and keeps frosts and heavy dew off the leaves. This can extend your warm-season gardening a

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High Tunnel Construction Plans – University of Tennessee

High Tunnel Construction Plans – University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Extension maintains a collection of over 300 building and equipment plans, and all are now available in electronic format for download. The plans are primarily intended for use in Tennessee, but many are appropriate for other locations as well. The high tunnel construction

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In High Tunnels, Diseases Are What You Make Them

In High Tunnels, Diseases Are What You Make Them

Fig.1 Pith necrosis Fig. 2 Leaf mold Fig. 3 Gray mold Fig. 4a Late blight on leaf Fig. 4b. Late on fruit Fig. 6. Fusarium wilt Fig. 7 Weeds encourage insects Fig. 8. Tarnish plant bug Fig. 9 Tomato spotted wilt virus Fig. 10a Powdery mildew of

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Types of High Tunnel Structures

Types of High Tunnel Structures

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