Cooperative Extension Service to Host Horticultural Crop Production Workshop

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The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop on high tunnel production of horticultural crops June 20.  The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Chester Community Center, 401 4th St. in Chester.

 

The workshop and field day costs $20 per person, or $30 for two people, for those who register on or before June 10. The fee raises to $30 per person after that. The fee includes lunch and materials.

A program brochure is available at http://www.sdstate.edu/sdces/districts/south/1/horticulture.cfm. Registration form and payment can be mailed to the Minnehaha County Extension office at 220 W. Sixth St., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57104.

Bill Lamont, professor of vegetable crops in the Department of Horticulture at Penn State University, is the featured presenter. Lamont has conducted extensive applied research on plasticulture since 1980 and most recently researched high tunnels for the production of vegetables, small fruits and flowers at the Penn State High Tunnel Research and Education Facility.

Lamont will discuss vegetable production systems as well as temperature and water management in high tunnels. Additionally, growers will present information on a high tunnel lettuce trial and production comparisons of high tunnels vs. open field production. The training will include a walking tour of high tunnel production at Linda’s Garden outside of Chester.

 The workshop will end at approximately 3:45 p.m. Call Minnehaha County Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Zdorovtsov, who is organizing the event, at 605-367-7877 for more information.


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