High Tunnel Project to Create Tools for Specialty-Crop Growers

Purdue University assistant professor Laura Ingwell is leading a $3.7 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture project on high tunnel growing. The four-year project involves researchers from multiple institutions, who will work with farmers across the Midwest to collect data from different types of high tunnels in a variety of locations and growing different crops. The project will lead to integrated pest management and crop management recommendations, as well as an online tool to help farmers decide whether an investment in an integrated pest management strategy or crop diversification will be profitable.