High tunnels Tag

University of Illinois researchers are involved in a multi-year project that's exploring the potential for controlling insect pests in high tunnels with predator insects, rather than chemical insecticides. Research during the first season showed that the insidious flower bug was eating aphids, thrips, whiteflies, and spider mites, while a predator mite was eating thrips, whiteflies, and spider mites. This year, research will focus on finding a predator insect to control thrips and on establishing costs for using predator insects. The research team will share its results....

Climate-resilient agricultural practices can help small farms in North Carolina profit in a changing climate, according to new research by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University Cooperative Extension and Environmental Defense Fund. The research summarizes the real-world financial and climate resilience benefits that practices such as reduced tillage, cover cropping, and high tunnel use are providing three small farms in diverse growing regions: the coastal plain, the Piedmont, and the mountains. A summary report and three case studies share insights for farmers and their advisers to inform their financial decision-making when considering whether to implement climate-smart farming practices. ...

Related ATTRA publication: Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design A new publication is available online for high tunnel growers from Purdue University Extension, Scheduling Fall and Winter Vegetable Production. Cool-season production in high tunnels is a growing trend that offers increased income potential. The hardiest cool season crops can survive all winter. This publication discusses types of crops and provides information on scheduling planting and harvest for optimized and continuing yield...

Related ATTRA resources: Greenhouse Production 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....

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Nina Prater introduces us to one of NCAT’s newest staff members, Chris Lent. Actually, it is more of a reintroduction since Chris worked at NCAT several years ago. He took a break when his son was born, and now he’s back as a sustainable agriculture specialist working from northeast Pennsylvania with NCAT’s Northeast Regional Office. Chris has wide-ranging experience, from organic agriculture and high tunnel production to solar power and business planning. He and Nina talk about his journey in agriculture and the projects he’ll be taking on with NCAT. ATTRA...