Four season high tunnel vegetable production workshop in Ohio

If interested, you’ll want to register today for the Ohio “Four Season High Tunnel Vegetable Production” Workshop. The program will be held 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant (720 State Route 97 West) in Bellville, Ohio (at exit 165 on I-71, 45 minutes north of Columbus).

The program will emphasize principles and practices for using high tunnels effectively, especially year-round. Whether they use high tunnels primarily to lengthen main-season growing and marketing periods or also to supply product for increasing markets through the fall and winter, all growers stand to benefit from this program.

Experienced high tunnel users and members of the industry will be featured as speakers. Lewis Jett of West Virginia University will describe steps for successful main season production of tomato and other crops. Adam Montri of Michigan State University will describe steps for successful production and marketing through fall and winter using naturally-heated high tunnels. Sally Miller, Matt Kleinhenz, Peter Ling and Ron Becker of The Ohio State University will address the management of diseases, insects and high tunnel soil and air conditions. And, growers and other industry professionals will share their experience with these and other production and marketing issues. Presentations will be followed by lively question-answer periods.

The program will be interactive and farmer-centered. The main goal of the workshop is to address the questions of high tunnel users. Participants will also have the opportunity to help set the future goals of research and extension activities related to high tunnel vegetable production.

The program is sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, North Central Region Integrated Pest Management Center, Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, OSU Integrated Pest Management Program and Allied Vegetable Industries.

To register for the workshop by December 7, 2010, please log on to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/4seasonworkshop or contact Matt Kleinhenz at 330-263-3810 or kleinhenz.1@osu.edu.

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