AgriLife helps Texas tomato producers make better connections through grafting

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and horticulturists are investigating how successful integration of vegetable grafting into current tomato production practices could present new opportunities for the Texas tomato industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistical Service reported just over 2,100 acres in Texas were used for tomato production in 2012 and gave an estimated crop value of $4.9 million in 2015. Continue reading

Webinar: High Tunnel Systems

What will you learn?

Participants will learn about techniques used in high tunnel cropping systems to address issues with salinity, nutrient management, and pest management. Learn more…

Sponsored by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology Continue reading

UGA horticulture students tackle greenhouse and high tunnel production in inaugural protected agriculture class

By Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia

From the miracle of December tomatoes to the marvel of fresh salad greens in space, greenhouses and growth chambers may play an increasing role in creating hyperlocal or hyperportable food systems.

Students in the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture’s “Protected and Controlled Environment Horticulture” course learn how high tunnels, greenhouses and growth chambers are used around the world to help extend the growing season, make farming a little less risky, provide opportunities to grow crops in extreme conditions and reduce our environmental footprint. Continue reading

High tunnel tomatoes being sold at Texas supermarket

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Dr. Charlie Rush is claiming success – tomatoes from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research high tunnel project are being sold in an Amarillo grocery store.

And now the real work begins.

“We delivered tomatoes to United Supermarket in Amarillo, and they were thrilled to get them,” Rush said. “The next day we delivered jalapenos and poblano peppers. We can produce a quality product and there is clearly a market for the produce. Continue reading

Texas High Tunnel Conference, SARE Strawberry Workshop set for Oct. 11, Oct. 12

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

People interested in high tunnel horticulture and strawberry production will have two opportunities to get the latest information on both during back-to-back workshops Oct. 11-12 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.

The Oct. 11 Texas High Tunnel Conference will start with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the program from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the botanic garden’s Lecture Hall. Continue reading

Texas Extension specialist receives Texas A&M AgriLife Superior Service award

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Dr. Russ Wallace, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Lubbock, has been awarded the Superior Service Award in the specialist category.

Superior Service Awards recognize AgriLife Extension faculty and staff members who provide outstanding performance in AgriLife Extension education or other outstanding service to the organization and to Texas. Continue reading

High tunnel webinar series a convenient option for growers

Many Kentucky growers are using high tunnels to extend their crop seasons. While it offers a great opportunity, high tunnel production can be overwhelming without the right tools. Growers can learn to navigate the ins-and-outs of high tunnel production through a series of six webinars offered in February and March.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification, through the Barnhart Fund for Excellence, is sponsoring the series.

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