Season Extension: Water Management

Season Extension: Water Management

Season Extension: Water Management

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

These resources address irrigation and other water management strategies in season extension structures.

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.

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

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.

Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use


This Iowa State University video/fact sheet describes how to build a system to catch, store and reuse the rainwater for high tunnel irrigation.


Additional Resources

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 drip irrigation and other aspects of season extension production)

Drip irrigation suppliers from

Watering and Fertilizing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel (a University of Missouri fact sheet)

How to order

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


Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

The cost of installing rain gutters, rainwater storage tanks, and an electric pump is estimated at $1,200. A solar-powered pumping system will add approximately $700 to that cost. Learn more.