Season Extension: Energy

Season Extension: Energy

Season Extension: Energy

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Resources in the season extension energy topic are available in these specialized subtopics:

Temperature Management | Energy Conservation | Alternative Energy Strategies

Season Extension: Energy: Temperature Management

High Tunnel Temperature Management

 

Temperature management is one of the most critical factors in successful production of many high tunnel crops. This West Virginia University fact sheet includes recommended temperature ranges for common crops.

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Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series

 

This video series was developed by Kansas State Research and Extension, and includes segments on the following topics related to commercial high tunnel or hoop house production:

Overview | Design | What to Plant | Basic Management Considerations | Intensive Management | Resources

 

Temperature Management in High Tunnels

 

Understanding a crop's temperature requirements is the key to high tunnel management. This Utah State University fact sheet spells out temperature considerations and how these are best addressed using high tunnels and other season-extending technologies.

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Season Extension: Energy: Energy Conservation

Developing an Energy Efficient, Solar-Heated Greenhouse in Maryland

 

This project investigated the effectiveness of energy-efficient greenhouse design and the ability of water-heating solar panels to heat a greenhouse as a propane alternative.

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Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies and Alternative Fuels

 

Includes curriculum materials, extension bulletins, resource lists, and a greenhouse energy model that were developed with the intention that educators can use the materials in full or part to deliver programming on energy management and conservation for greenhouse production.

Greenhouse Energy Webinar Series

 

Growers can often reduce energy cost by 30 to 50% by using energy efficient growing practices, tightening the greenhouse enclosure to reduce infiltration losses, replacing inefficient heating systems, and installing curtain systems.

This 3-part webinar series covers energy measures for greenhouses, thermal curtain systems for greenhouses, and the use of biomass energy for heating greenhouses.

Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Video Series

 

This video series describes measures commercial nursery producers can take to improve sustainability in the areas of irrigation, heating and energy use, runoff, recycling and more.

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Season Extension: Energy: Alternative Energy Strategies

Developing an Energy Efficient, Solar-Heated Greenhouse in Maryland

 

This project investigated the effectiveness of energy-efficient greenhouse design and the ability of water-heating solar panels to heat a greenhouse as a propane alternative.

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Raising Livestock and Crops Simultaneously in Unheated Greenhouses

 

This farmer project assessed whether greenhouse crops can be raised in hoop structures heated by livestock's body heat and manure compost.

Solar Energy for Year Round Production

 

A New Mexico farmer uses a solar-powered root-zone thermal heating system in his greenhouses.

Thermal Banking Greenhouses

 

Steven Schwen uses thermal banking to significantly reduce the energy costs of running a greenhouse for cold-season production.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

Building a Passive Solar Greenhouse (a University of Missouri webpage with design specs and other information)

Convection Tube Heating at Ground Level (Dennis Hatfield, Ozark Country Creations)

Double-layer Plastic Inflation with No Electricity (a University of Missouri fact sheet)

Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2012
How to order

Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.

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Thermal Banking Greenhouses

 

Thermal banking is the storage of heat that accumulates during the daytime, especially on sunny days. That heat can then be used to keep greenhouse beds warm during cold periods. Learn more.