Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.
Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop.
“Participants will learn how to protect the health of soil in a high tunnel so that it stays productive over the long term,” said Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The all-day classes will be held at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices on the following dates.
- April 25 – Fort Dodge; ISU Extension and Outreach – Webster County office, 217 South 25th St., Ste. C12
- April 26 – Ottumwa; ISU Extension and Outreach – Wapello County office, 13011-120th Avenue
- May 2 – Dubuque; ISU Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County office, 14858 West Ridge Lane, Suite 2
Ajay Nair, assistant professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist, will lead the workshops along with Hannan, Donald Lewis, Iowa State professor and extension entomologist, and Kristine Neu, Iowa State graduate assistant in horticulture.
Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the workshop with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required as space is limited. Register online by April 18 or by calling Kathy Beni at the ISU Extension and Outreach – Dallas County office at 515-993-4281.
Workshop participants will receive a copy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s newly updated High Tunnel Manual publication.