Horticultural crop production in high tunnels in the united states: A snapshot

Edward E. Carey, Lewis Jett, William James Lamont, Jr., Terrance T. Nennich, Michael D. Orzolek, Kimberly A. Williams

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Abstract

High tunnels are becoming an increasingly important production tool for vegetable, small fruit, and cut flower growers in many parts of the United States. They provide a protected environment relative to the open field, allowing for earlier or later production of many crops, and they typically improve yield and quality as well as disease and pest management. Producers, ranging from small-scale market gardens to larger scale farms, are using high tunnels of various forms to produce for early markets, schedule production through extended seasons, grow specialty crops that require some environmental modification, and capture premium prices. The rapid ongoing adoption of high tunnels has resulted in numerous grower innovations and increased university research and extension programming to serve grower needs. An informal survey of extension specialists was conducted in 2007 to estimate numbers (area) of high tunnels and crops being grown in them by state, and to identify current research and extension efforts. Results of this survey provide an indication of the increasing importance of these structures for horticultural crop production across the country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalHortTechnology
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Carey, E. E., Jett, L., Lamont, Jr., W. J., Nennich, T. T., Orzolek, M. D., & Williams, K. A. (2009). Horticultural crop production in high tunnels in the united states: A snapshot. HortTechnology, 19(1), 37-43.
Carey, Edward E. ; Jett, Lewis ; Lamont, Jr., William James ; Nennich, Terrance T. ; Orzolek, Michael D. ; Williams, Kimberly A. / Horticultural crop production in high tunnels in the united states : A snapshot. In: HortTechnology. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 37-43.
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