Friday, January 22, 2010

Workshop Exams Ways to Make High Tunnel Use Profitable

Feb. 8 Workshop Near Lamar …

High tunnels are low-cost, passive, solar greenhouses that typically do not use fossil fuels for heating or venting. But best of all, a high tunnel can be used to extend the crop production season for many fruit and vegetable crops.

A program designed to exam the profitable use of high tunnels will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 8 at the farm of Melvin and Emma Hershberger at 585 NW 45th Lane, near Lamar. The program is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the Webb City Farmers’ Market.

“Tomatoes are often the crop of choice in high tunnels,” said Jay Chism, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Early tomatoes will usually command a higher price in the spring. Many times, one crop of tomatoes can pay for a high tunnel.”

During the program, the Hershberger’s will describe their operation and provide information about high tunnel construction and operation. Tomato production will also be discussed.

Sanjun Gu, a State Vegetable Specialist from Lincoln University, will give a presentation covering the basics of high tunnel production.

University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist, Patrick Byers, will be on hand to demonstrate how to use a backpack sprayer for vegetable production.

“It is critical that producers understand how to correctly apply pesticide, in vegetable production,” said Chism. “One calibration error could have a negative impact to a large portion of the fresh produce industry.”

Representatives from the Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide information about a federally funded program targeted at high tunnel certified organic producers.

To get to the Hershberger farm take Hwy. V west of 71, turn left (south) on 45th lane and go about 1.2 miles, the farm is on right (west).

For more information call the Barton County Extension office at (417) 682-3579.

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