Mandan News

High Tunnel Workshop Scheduled

NDSU Extension Agent
By Jackie Buckely

Dates to Remember
Feb. 13-14 – NDSU Saddle and Sirloin club Little International, Fargo
Feb. 17 – 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging, Morton County Courthouse, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 – BQA Training, UDSA ARS Bridge Conference Center, 1 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest, Bowman

High Tunnel Workshop Scheduled
There will be a high Tunnel workshop on Monday, March 10, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Casselton, starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration cost is $25 and is due on Saturday, March 1. For more information contact the Morton County Extension Office at 701.667.3340.

What is a high tunnel?
High tunnels are a completely separate production technology compared to regular gardening or field production. At its simplest, a high tunnel is a non-permanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame, is left on year-round, and lasts two or three years. Vents are opened and sides rolled up manually. Plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers. The schedule for the day is listed below.

8:30 – Registration/Visiting with Vendors
9 – NRCS Programs and Experience with High Tunnels, Tom Jones, District Conservationist, Sargent County
9:45 – Basics of High Tunnel Production, Terrance T. Nennich, UMN Extension Professor, Vegetable and Small Fruit Production
11 – High-Tunnel Companions: Hardy Fruits, Kathy Wiederholt, Carrington REC
11:45 – Lunch
12:30 – Soil Oxygen Research in High Tunnels, Terrance T. Nennich, UMN Extension Professor
1 – Vegetable Grafting, Professor Chiwon W. Lee, Dept. of Plant Sciences, NDSU
1:45 – Vegetable Varieties in High Tunnels, Terrance T. Nennich, UMN Extension Professor
2:30 – Small Fruits for High Tunnels, Terrance T. Nennich, UMN Extension Professor
3:30 – MN High Tunnel Disease Survey and Q & A Terrance T. Nennich, UMN Extension Professor
4:45 – Container Garden Question Answer, Todd Weinmann, Cass County Ext NDSU