How to deal with pests and disease in the special growing environment of a hoop house, greenhouse or other season extension method.

The Basics of Pest Management and Season Extension

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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.Download File (2.39 MB)

Kansas State high tunnel video series

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

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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.

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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.

Grafting High Tunnel Crops for Plant Resilience

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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.

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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 Fact Sheet

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 in various climates and conditions.Download File (2.58 MB)

Beneficial Insects and High Tunnels

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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.Download File (1.38 MB)

Greenhouse IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrols

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).Download File (5.33 MB)

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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.Download File (21.33 MB)

Pest Exclusion and High Tunnels

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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.Download File (2.06 MB)

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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.Download File (2.59 MB)

Biofumigation and Season Extension

organic control of white mold in high tunnels video

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.

Additional Resources

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

Disease and insect management resources from Hightunnels.org

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)