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Regional High-tunnel Conference Set for March 30

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High tunnels can extend the fall and spring growing season of vegetables, fruits and herbs. (NDSU photo) High tunnels can extend the fall and spring growing season of vegetables, fruits and herbs. (NDSU photo)
The conference is for beginners and seasoned veterans of high-tunnel production.

If you are interested in stretching the growing season for vegetables and other produce, you’ll be able to learn how during a high-tunnel conference North Dakota State University Extension is hosting on Saturday, March 30, on the NDSU campus in Fargo.

High tunnels are unheated plastic-covered structures that extend the fall and spring growing season of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

“Imagine producing local tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers starting in June, and lettuce, spinach and kale growing through November or even later,” says Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist and assistant professor.

“We’ve designed this full-day conference to appeal to both beginners and seasoned veterans of high-tunnel production,” she adds.

The conference will feature Matt Kleinhenz from The Ohio State University and Eric Hanson from Michigan State University. Kleinhenz will share practical tips for beginners, as well as more advanced material on vegetable production. Hanson will discuss berry production for cold climates.

In addition, Rhoda Burrows from South Dakota State University will discuss crop budgets and good agricultural practices to ensure food safety.

South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association are co-sponsoring the event.

The registration fee of $50 includes a continental breakfast and lunch. This registration rate is effective through March 20. The rate will increase after that date. Visit https://bit.ly/2GjGvfH to register for the conference.

For more information on the conference, visit the NDSU Extension High Tunnel webpage (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/high-tunnel) or contact McGinnis at 701-231-7971.


NDSU Agriculture Communication - March 8, 2019

Source:Esther McGinnis, 701-231-7971, esther.mcginnis@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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