Season Extension: Pest Management
Season Extension: Pest Management
High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques
Season Extension: Pest Management: The Basics
A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.
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.
These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic herbicides and integrated pest management in commercial nursery plant production.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Insect pests are one of the major problems in organic production systems. Organic IPM practice consists of a three-tiered approach consisting of systems-based practices, mechanical tactics, and biorational insecticides. Mechanical tactics encourage the use of physical barriers for pest exclusion. This bulletin provides preliminary research data and field observations about the success of shade cloths, or high tunnel pest exclusion (HTPE) systems, as a more permanent barrier system around the high tunnels.
With the increasing demand for local foods across the Southeast, an increasing number of beginning, as well as experienced producers are producing vegetable crops in high tunnels for direct and whole sale markets. From the insect management perspective, it is extremely critical to adopt pest prevention practices; the high tunnel pest exclusion (HTPE) system is one of the best relatively-low cost pest preventive practices available to producers in the Southeast. This HTPE technology uses a variety of shade cloths for a relatively permanent pest prevention strategy. This bulletin provides information on the use of HTPE systems on the farm.
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.
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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