AMES, Iowa -- Due to the success of a workshop held last September, Iowa State University Extension in cooperation with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development is sponsoring its second workshop on horticulture crop production in high tunnels on June 21, 2006 at the ISU Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis, Iowa.
Growers interested in seeing horticultural crops growing under high tunnels and wanting to learn more about high tunnel maintenance and crop management should plan to attend this workshop.
Participants will tour a newly constructed high tunnel planted with tomatoes, blackberries and red raspberries, as well as see other horticultural plantings at the farm. Speakers will include Henry Taber, ISU Extension vegetable specialist and Paul Domoto, ISU Extension fruit specialist. Maury Wills, from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, also will be present to discuss organic certification.
“In the past, the planting season for many horticultural crops began in May to avoid the threat of frost,” said Linda Naeve, ISU Extension program specialist in the Integrated Pest Management program.
“Traditional planting times of fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and other crops may change for some commercial growers as they see the benefit of using high tunnels to extend their growing season. High tunnels resemble greenhouses, but cost less to erect and operate.”
The high tunnel workshop begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. followed by an “All-Iowa” dinner at 5 p.m. and the program. The cost is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/PME, contact your county ISU Extension office, or call Linda Naeve at (515) 294-8946.
Keven Arrowsmith, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-2405, firstname.lastname@example.org