Media Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237, email@example.com
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
Source: Terrance T. Nennich, Extension Professor, Commercial Vegetable and Fruit Production, University of Minnesota Extension, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (218) 280-7713