Season Extension: Pest Management

Season Extension: Pest Management

Season Extension: Pest Management

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

How to deal with pests and disease in the special growing environment of a hoop house, greenhouse or other season extension method. In-depth information is available in these specialized subtopics:

The Basics | Grafting for Plant Resilience | Beneficial Insects | Pest ExclusionBiofumigation

Season Extension: Pest Management: The Basics

High Tunnels


This manual on using high tunnels or hoop houses for season extension includes case studies, a supplier list and chapters on marketing, site selection, construction and types, and soil, pest and environmental management.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Greenhouse IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrols


This in-depth manual was designed to help commercial greenhouse growers implement biological control and integrated pest management (IPM).

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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.

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Season Extension: Pest Management: Pest Exclusion

High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System


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.

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High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System Part II


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.

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Season Extension: Pest Management: Biofumigation

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.

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Additional Resources

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

Disease and insect management resources from

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)

Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2012
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West
How to order

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


How to Graft Greenhouse Tomatoes


Vermont farmer Mike Collins takes viewers through each step of the grafting process. Grafting with the rootstock of varieties that have strong resistance to soil-borne disease can improve yields.