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Using high tunnels for fruit, veggie production

By Staff | Jan 26, 2016

SIOUX CITY – A workshop for commercial fruit and vegetable producers interested in producing tomatoes in high tunnels is set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Woodbury County Extension office, 4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City.

The registration fee is $55 per person, or $90 per couple, or when two employees attend from the same farm for each workshop.

The fee includes training materials, lunch and refreshments.

To register, visit www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.org.

The deadline to register is Feb. 5.

The workshop, supported by Iowa State University Extension, is designed by horticulture specialists.

“High tunnels are an important tool in commercial fruit and vegetable production,” said Joseph Hannan, an ISU Extension commercial horticulture specialist. “Our beginning-level workshop provides the information needed to select, build and start growing produce in high tunnels.

“No prior experience is needed.”

High tunnels are plastic-covered greenhouses used for fruit and vegetable production.

Their unique design allows growers to extend the growing period on both ends of the season for produce crops, giving farmers increased marketing opportunities.

Hannan said high tunnels are frequently used by produce growers looking to expand production as well as traditional farmers seeking to diversify operations.

Topics covered at the all-day workshop include choosing a site, selecting a structure, construction techniques, soil and water management, pest management, and bed design with ample time for group discussion.

For questions, contact Woodbury County Extension at (712) 276-2157, or email Kristi Van Zanten at kvanzan@iastate.edu.

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