Friday, July 26, 2013

Successful Microclimate Modification in Difficult Climates Workshop

Ever wondered how and/or why some growers are able to persevere through the difficulty of growing in the Great Plains?  In this workshop to be held August 5th from 4-7 pm, we will cover basics of microclimate modification including the use of high tunnels, row covers, shade cloth and other methods for protecting crops from harsh weather conditions.

The workshop will be held at the K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center, 35230 W. 135th Street, Olathe, KS 66061.

Paul Conway (Conway Produce) will discuss soil microclimate strategies utilized on his farm to produce fall potatoes.  Cary Rivard will provide results from recent research into managing winter injury on annual strawberries and Laura Christensen will cover practices used at Blue Door Farm for fall crops.

We will also tour the Olathe Research farm highlighting the various strategies used to protect our crops from harsh growing conditions.

4:00-4:30 – Cary Rivard, KSU Extension Specialist, Introduction to Microclimate Modification

4:30-5:00 – Paul Conway, Conway Produce, Growing Fall Potatoes in NE Kansas

5:00-5:30 – Cary Rivard, Advanced Row Cover Management for Reducing Winter Injury in Strawberries

5:30-6:00 – Laura Christensen, Blue Door Farm, Growing Great Fall Crops in the Midwest

6:00-7:00 – Farm Tour of Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center.

This workshop is being brought to you by the Growing Growers program.  Cost to attend this workshop is $15.  Please RSVP to Cary Rivard.

No comments:

Post a Comment