This high tunnel short course on November 5th is offered in Iowa but open to extension staff, growers, and other educators from surrounding states. 

Date: Monday, 5th November, 2018; 8:30am
Venue: Garden Room, Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011

Welcome to 2nd Iowa High Tunnel Short Course. This short course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Lewis Jett. Dr. Jett is an Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist at West Virginia University and has many years of experience working on fruit and vegetable production in high tunnel systems. His work focuses on cultivar selection, crop and soil management, soil fertility, season extension, and improving profitability in high tunnel production. The short will also host Mike Bollinger from River Root Farm, Decorah, IA as a speaker. Mike and Katie operate River Root Farm, which is a small-certified organic family farm and greenhouse operation in Decorah, Iowa. Mike has extensive experience working with high tunnel crops. The course is free, however online preregistration is required. The registration deadline is October 31, 2018.
This event is supported by USDA North Central SARE Professional Development Program. Core objectives of this short course are to:
  • Highlight the importance of crop, environment, and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels
  • Provide a platform to share resources, knowledge, and expertise in the area of high tunnel vegetable production
  • Connect growers, agricultural educators, extension staff, and industry personnel working in high tunnels and in the area of local foods.
Tentative agenda:
Presenter and title
8:30-9 am
Registration and coffee
9-10 am
Keynote speaker Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Title: A Snapshot of Successful High Tunnel Production Systems)
10-10:45 am
Ajay Nair, Department of Horticulture, ISU (Title: High tunnel pepper production: Effect of cultivar and light)
10:45-11:45 am
Mike Bollinger, River Root Farm, Decorah, IA
11:45-12:30 pm
Lunch and networking
Lewis Jett, West Virginia University (Profitable Winter Lettuce Production)
1:30-2:15 pm
Joe Hannan, ISU Extension and Outreach (Title: Season Extension Head Scratchers)
2:15-3:00 pm
Open forum (Lewis Jett, Mike Bollinger, Ajay Nair, and Joe Hannan)
Related Websites:
Related Publications:
Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual
Many Thanks,
Ajay Nair, PhD
Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist
2206 Osborn Drive, Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University, Ames IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-7080; Cell: 517-898-5349
Diane Mayerfeld
Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, UW-Extension 
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)
1535 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI  53706
phone:  (608) 262-8188
SARE PDP website:  
curriculum website: