Season Extension: Variety Trials and Selection
High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques
These resources can help you determine which crops will be best suited to your season extension goals and growing conditions.
Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series
A high tunnel is a freestanding or gutter-connected covered structure used for crop production.
Late-season Strawberry Production Using Day-Neutral Cultivars in High-Elevation High Tunnels
Journal article discussing research trials involving day-neutral cultivars, high tunnels, low tunnels...
Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Fact Sheets
These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic...
Organic Heirloom Tomato Production in High Tunnel and Open Field Systems
A replicated, systems-level comparison study was carried out to evaluate the production of the popular...
Organic Production of Blackberries in High Tunnels in West Virginia
The objective of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of growing blackberries organically within...
Organic Winter Production Scheduling in Unheated High Tunnels in Colorado
Colorado State University researchers and five farmers explored winter production scheduling for optimal...
Season-Long Strawberry Production with Everbearers for Northeastern Producers
This 70-page guide outlines profitable production techniques and research on everbearing strawberry...
Specialty Crop Production in High Tunnels
Utah State University fact sheet series includes raspberries, lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes and strawberries....
Using Low Tunnels to Extend the Growing Season for Organic Strawberries in Alabama
This project was designed as a demonstration project to determine if the strawberry harvest season could...
Winter and Summer Hoophouse Production for Small-Scale Growers
Brad Jaeckel tested a diversity of winter and summer vegetables that can be grown in unheated hoophouses....
The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.
Center for Plasticulture at Penn State University (a website with information on crop production, including cucumber, garlic, lettuce and tomato)
Fall Spinach - Harvest Date and Yield in High Tunnels and Spinach Cultivar Trial in a 3-Season Haygrove High Tunnel (Kansas State University fact sheets)
High Tunnel Melon and Watermelon Production (a University of Missouri fact sheet)
Organic Greenhouse Tomato Production (this fact sheet is available through ATTRA)
Organic Greenhouse Tomato Production (an ATTRA fact sheet)
Watering and Fertilizing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel (a University of Missouri fact sheet)
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