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2nd Iowa High Tunnel Short Course (2018)

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
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IOWA HIGH TUNNEL SHORT COURSE
Date: Monday, 5 November, 2018; 8:30 am
Venue: Garden Room, Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011

Welcome to 2nd Iowa High Tunnel Short Course. This short course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Lewis Jett. Dr. Jett is an Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist at West Virginia University and has many years of experience working on fruit and vegetable production in high tunnel systems. His work focuses on cultivar selection, crop and soil management, soil fertility, season extension, and improving profitability in high tunnel production. The short will also host Mike Bollinger from River Root Farm, Decorah, IA as a speaker. Mike and Katie operate River Root Farm, which is a small-certified organic family farm and greenhouse operation in Decorah, Iowa. Mike has extensive experience working with high tunnel crops.

This event is supported by USDA North Central SARE Professional Development Program. Core objectives of this short course are to:

  • Highlight the importance of crop, environment, and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels
  • Provide a platform to share resources, knowledge, and expertise in the area of high tunnel vegetable production
  • Connect growers, agricultural educators, extension staff, and industry personnel working in high tunnels and in the area of local foods. 

Tentative schedule:

8:30 am: Registration and coffee
9-10 am: Keynote speaker Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Title: A Snapshot of Successful High Tunnel Production Systems)
10-10:45 am: Ajay Nair, Department of Horticulture, ISU (Title: High tunnel pepper production: Effect of cultivar and light)
10:45-11:45 am: Mike Bollinger, River Root Farm
11:45-12:30 pm: Lunch and networking
12:30-1:30 pm: Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Profitable Winter Lettuce Production)
1:30-2:15 pm: Joe Hannan, ISU Extension and Outreach (Title: Season Extension Head Scratchers)
2:15-3:00 pm: Open forum (Lewis Jett, Mike Bollinger, Ajay Nair, and Joe Hannan)

Registration is required. Please provide information below to register. Please register by October 31, 2018.

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High tunnel workshops to address common challenges

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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AMES, Iowa – Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production. These workshops are supported by the USDA North Central Sustainable Agriculture and Research.

Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect and disease management and environmental control. A visit to a local farm operating a high tunnel is also part of the workshop. “Participants will learn how to protect the health of soil in a high tunnel so that it stays productive over the long term,” said Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The all-day classes will be held April 6 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Henry County office in Mt. Pleasant, April 10 at the North Iowa Fairgrounds’ 4-H Learning Center in Mason City and April 13 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office in Atlantic.

Ajay Nair, associate professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist, will lead the workshops along with Donald Lewis, Joe Hannan, Laura Iles, and Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, pathologist with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic clinic. Register by March 30 by filling the form below. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the workshop with workshop running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required as space is limited. 

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Iowa High Tunnel Short Course

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
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IOWA HIGH TUNNEL SHORT COURSE
Date: Monday, 6th November, 2017; 8:30am
Venue: Garden Room, Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011

Welcome to first Iowa High Tunnel Short Course. This short course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. Keynote speaker is Adam Montri from Michigan State University. Adam, along with his wife Dru, is the co-owner of Ten Hens Farm, LLC in Bath, Michigan. Adam and Dru started Ten Hens in 2008 and now farm three acres of outdoor production during the traditional Midwest growing season and year-round in over 17,000 sqft of high tunnel space. They market their produce through one farmers market, an on-farm stand, multiple restaurants, other farms, a grocery store, two multi-farm CSAs, and two senior center/assisted living facilities. Adam is also a hoophouse outreach specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU) and with the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems where he works with farmers throughout Michigan on the Hoophouses for Health program.

Core objectives of this short course are to:

  • Highlight the importance of crop, environment, and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels
  • Provide a platform to share resources, knowledge, and expertise in the area of high tunnel vegetable production
  • Connect growers, agricultural educators, extension staff, and industry personnel  working in high tunnels and in the area of local foods. 

Tentative schedule:

8:30am: Registration and coffee
9-10am: Keynote speaker Adam Montri, Michigan State University (Title: Two Acres and a High Tunnel: How Season Extension has gone from Niche to Necessity and Where It Fits in the Future)
10-10:45am: Ajay Nair (Title: Cucurbit crops for high tunnel production)
10:45-11:45am: Cary Rivard, Kansas State University (Title: Breaking Bad Habits: Integrating Crop Diversity into High Tunnel Production Systems)
11:45-12:30pm: Lunch and networking
12:30-1:15pm: Laura Iles and Lina Rodriguez (Title: Disease and insect management in high tunnels)
1:15-2:15: Adam Montri (Title: Crop Selection, Pricing and Economics for Successful Year-Round High Tunnel Production)
2:15-3pm: Joe Hannan (Title: Valuable lessons from production to marketing of high tunnel tomatoes)

Registration is required. Please provide information below to register. Please register by November 2, 2017.

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High Tunnel Field Day - Rinehart Farms

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Dear growers, extension personnel, and specialty crop stakeholders


We are organizing a high tunnel field day and a farm tour at Greg Rinehart's farm on Wednesday August 30th from 10 to noon followed by lunch and discussion. Greg is a collaborator on a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant and is experimenting with high tunnel shade cloth treatments at his farm. We will be meeting at Greg’s farm at 10:00am (703 Kale Rd., Boone, Iowa, IA 50036. After the farm visit the group will head to lunch at the Boone County Extension office for a short gathering and further discussion. Please email or call me (nairajay@iastate.edu; 515-294-7080) or Joe Hannan (jmhannan@iastate.edu; 515-971-9503) if you plan to attend. We hope many of you could attend.


Sincerely,

Ajay Nair

Joe Hannan

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