Season Extension: Pest Management
High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques
Season Extension: Pest Management: The Basics
2003 High Tunnel Production Manual
A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.
Basic Pest Management of Insects and Mites in High Tunnels
This presentation gives an overview of key pest management strategies in commercial hoop houses or high tunnels, and greenhouses: cultural practices, plant resistance, the use of beneficial insects, grafting and sprays.
Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series
Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Fact Sheets
These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic herbicides and integrated pest management in commercial nursery plant production.
Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management
A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.
Season Extension: Pest Management: Grafting for Plant Resilience
How to Graft Greenhouse Tomatoes
This 20-minute video, produced by the University of Vermont Extension, features farmer Mike Collins taking viewers through each step of the tomato grafting process. Grafting can be an effective way of battling soil-borne diseases in hoop house or high tunnel vegetable production systems.
Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production
In this webinar, learn about tomato grafting and how it can be used to manage diseases in organic open-field and high tunnel farming systems.
Grafting Tomatoes in Multi-Bay High Tunnels as a Way to Overcome Soil-Borne Diseases
This presentation summarizes a 2008 grant to evaluate ‘Maxifort’ rootstock for its ability to manage verticillium wilt and other soil-borne diseases in hoop house or high tunnel farming systems.
Tomato Grafting for Disease Resistance and Increased Productivity
Researchers around the world have demonstrated that grafting—the fusing of a scion (young shoot) onto a resistant rootstock—can protect plants against a variety of soil-borne fungal, bacterial, viral and nematode diseases invarious climates and conditions.
Season Extension: Pest Management: Beneficial Insects
Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels
From 2007 to 2009, Cornell researchers in New York used a SARE grant to study the efficacy of biological insect control in minimally heated greenhouses and high tunnels or hoop houses. This fact sheet reports the results and provides detailed advice on how growers can use natural enemies to manage insect pests in minimally heated greenhouses and unheated high tunnels.
Biological Control Practices for High-Tunnel Crop Production
Extensive on-farm research evaluating the use of predator and parasitoid insects to control target pests on Solanacous crops, those grown most frequently in high tunnels or hoop houses in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Natural Pest Management in New York High Tunnel and Greenhouse Structures
This 2007 Research and Education Grant, awarded to Cornell University, studied the use of predatory insects, resistant varieties and microbial fungicides to control pest and disease damage in commercial greenhouses and hoop house or high tunnel farming systems.
Predatory Mites for Organic Thrips Control in High Tunnel Cucumbers
A presentation of research on biological control methods in New York high tunnel or hoop house farming systems, including cultural practices, plant resistance, grafting, rotations, sprays and beneficials.
Season Extension: Pest Management: Pest Exclusion
High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System: A novel strategy for organic crop production in the South
A bulletin, developed by Alabama Cooperative Extension, on using shade cloths as a permanent barrier system around high tunnels to exclude pests in vegetable crop production.
Season Extension: Pest Management: Biofumigation
Biofumigation for soil health in organic high tunnel and conventional field vegetable production systems
This project evaluated biofumigation as a control for two broad-spectrum soil-borne diseases that each pose a severe challenge to a different emerging vegetable production system.
Organic Control of White Mold in High Tunnels
This video presents information on the high tunnel production system most commonly used in Kentucky; the disease cycle of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum; and two control tactics compatible with national organic standards, solarization and biofumigation.
The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.
Greenhouse Manager's Guide to Integrated Pest Management in Northern New England (a University of Vermont guidebook; free PDF available)
Tomato Leaf and Fruit Diseases and Disorders (a Kansas State University fact sheet)
Wilt, Nematode, and Virus Diseases of Tomato (a Kansas State University fact sheet)
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