Minnesota High Tunnel Inventory 2012

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by Vince Fritz. Presented at the 2012 MN Statewide High Tunnel Conference.

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Minnesota High Tunnel Inventory 2012

  1. 1. Our Statewide High Tunnel InventoryLocation Tunnel (s) Accessories Project (s) Proj. DurationCrookston 2-26 x 48 1-30x48 Tomato heirloom trials Rasberries, Blackberries, 1-available? 1 - early 2013 1-30x72 Blueberries, 1 – 2012 Honeyberries 1 – long term Fruit treesStaples 1-20 x 48 Vegetable Nutrient Leaching 2012Gr. Rapids 2 – 21x48 Raspberries Blackberries ??Waseca 2-30x48 Double Poly Roof Thermostatic power Ginger Shading Ginger Fertility and Through 2013 side vents Double CroppingRosemount 2-30x48 Double Poly Roof Thermostatic power Ginger Fertility Aframomum Propagation Through 2013 side ventsLamberton 3-30x48 Organic Cover cropping and fertility in organic Through 2012 productionMorris 1-30x48 Raspberries Through 2011
  2. 2. Key Elements of SCBGF Proposal Three Key Elements-Plant Disease Diagnostics subsidize sample submission leading to refined disease management systems for high tunnel producers-Establishment of a blog and improved web site a strong community of learning-Best management strategies for temperature modification (heating and cooling) using mulches, shade clothes, row covers, etc.
  3. 3. Producer Needs and PrioritiesResearch Needs (as defined by growers):-Plant Nutrition Guidelines for HT Production (vs. field production)- Focus efforts on “off the shelf” tunnel systems- Crop Rotation Strategies*- Succession, Relay, and Intercropping within HT- Day Neutral Strawberries – shading and irrigation cooling *- Use of shade cloth ***- Cover crops for biofumigation- Use of mulches; do they warm the soil in a high tunnel?***Grower Issues (not a research need):-Disease and Pest ID ** -Web Page**- Trellis Systems for Tomatoes -High Tunnel Manual- Strawberry Tissue Testing -Product Nutritional Testing- Asian Lady Beetles -High Tunnel Blog**- Root Grafting Workshop

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