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Statewide High Tunnel Conference set for Feb. 8-9 in Baxter, Minn.

High tunnelMedia Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237, ced@umn.edu

ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/18/2012) —The 2012 Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8 and 9, at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter, Minn.

A Beginning High Tunnel Grower workshop with a "Basics of High Tunnel Production" session will be held the morning of the first day, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon for beginning growers and those who need a review. The main conference will start at 12:45 pm.

Keynote speakers for this year's conference include: Mary Gardiner from Ohio State who will present "Identifying and Enhancing Beneficial Insects"; Russ Groves from University of Wisconsin will be presenting "Managing and Controlling Whiteflies, Aphids and other High Tunnel Pests"; and Cary Rivard from Kansas State will present "The Art of Grafting High Tunnel Plants."

Other topics include:

  • High Tunnel Coverings, Screens and Exclusion Materials
  • Pushing the Financial Pencil with High Tunnels
  • Bumblebees and High Tunnels
  • Strawberry Production
  • Soil Fertility
  • The Whys and Hows of Pruning Tomatoes
  • High Tunnel Crop Automation
  • Maximizing High Tunnels for the Farm to School Program
  • High Tunnel Varieties
  • High Tunnel Grower Problem Solving Session
For more information or to request a brochure and registration form, contact the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office, Grand Rapids, Minn., at (888) 241-0885, Sue Schuler at schul925@umn.edu, Terry Nennich at nenni001@umn.edu, or visit the University's High Tunnel website at http://hightunnels.cfans.umn.edu.
Source: Terrance T. Nennich, Extension Professor, Commercial Vegetable and Fruit Production, University of Minnesota Extension, email: nenni001@umn.edu, phone: (218) 280-7713

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