AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a short course on using high tunnels in Iowa. The course will be held on Nov. 6 at the Garden Room of Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames.
The course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops, along with providing information on the economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. An update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest will also be provided.
The course is free, however online preregistration is required. The registration deadline is Nov. 2.
The keynote speaker is Adam Montri, who along with his wife Dru owns Ten Hens Farms in Bath, Mich. The farm was founded in 2008 and now contains three acres of outdoor production during the traditional Midwest growing season and 17,000 square feet of high tunnel space. Montri is also a hoophouse outreach specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University.
The class will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6 with Montri’s talk, titled "Two Acres and a High Tunnel: How Season Extension Has Gone From Niche to Necessity and Where It Fits In The Future."
ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Ajay Nair, Joe Hannan, Laura Iles and Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca will also present. Nair will speak on cucurbit crops for high tunnel production while Hannan will talk about valuable lessons from production to marketing of high tunnel tomatoes. Iles and Rodriguez-Salamanca will discuss disease and insect management for high tunnels.
Cary Rivard from Kansas State University will also lead a discussion on integrating crop diversity into high tunnels.