Statewide conference to look into 'hoop houses' to prolong growing season
University of Minnesota Extension is leading a 2013 Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13, at The Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.
High tunnels, also called high hoops or hoop houses, are temporary structures that extend the growing season.
A beginning high tunnel grower workshop with a "Basics of High Tunnel Production" session will be held the morning of the first day, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon for beginning growers and those needing a review. The main conference will start at 12:45 p.m.
Keynote speakers for this year's conference include: Ralph Cramer, a high tunnel consultant from Lancaster, Penn., who will present the topic "High Tunnel Production in Other Countries Around the World," Carol Glenister, entomologist with IPM Laboratories Locke, New York, will present "Living Pest Controls: How to Use Beneficial Insects in High Tunnels to Control Aphids, Spidermites and More" and "Grow Your Own High Tunnel Insects on Banker Plants and Guardian Plants."
Other topics include:
Minnesota Grower Network- High tunnel disease ID
Managing the green shoulder complex in high tunnel tomato production
Tunnels inside high tunnels, a grower research project
Top 10 production innovations from industry to improve production in high tunnels
University of Minnesota low tunnel day-Neutral strawberry research
University of Minnesota apple and tree fruit research in high tunnels
Using soil substrate production in high tunnel systems
Research results with fish emulsion in high tunnel production
Two newly discovered insects that high tunnel growers must be prepared for
Understanding high tunnel economics
High tunnel grower problem solving session covering:
- Tomato and vegetable varieties and production tips
- Grapes, flowers, and heirloom tomatoes
For more information or to request a brochure and registration form contact the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office, Grand Rapids, Minn. at (888) 241-0885 or Sue Schuler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Terry Nennich at email@example.com, or visit the High Tunnel website at http://hightunnels.cfans.umn.edu, or the North Central Research and Outreach Center website at http://ncroc.cfans.umn.edu.