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High Tunnel Handbook available from UW Extension

     Vegetables grown in the Powell Research and Extension Center high tunnels.

Vegetables grown in the Powell Research and Extension Center high tunnels.

Management techniques surrounding high tunnel vegetable production are discussed in a new publication from University of Wyoming Extension.

The “High Tunnel Handbook,” B-1234, identifies key parts of high tunnel production and evaluates many frequently asked questions. The 55-page document discusses soil management, growth of various plants in a high tunnel scenario and management of pests and diseases.

Contributor Kelli Belden discusses specific concerns of organic crops in high tunnel beds in the “Organic Production in High Tunnels” portion.

Contributors to the publication include Karen Panter, UW Extension horticulture specialist; Belden, former director of the UW Soil Testing Laboratory; Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide applicator training coordinator and small acre/horticulture specialist; Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator for crops; Axel Garcia y Garcia, UW Extension irrigation specialist; Abdel Mesbah, weed research scientist; and Scott Richard, Wyoming crop producer.

The publication is available for free download by going to, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side and typing the publication number in the search field. A hardcopy version is available for $15. Click on the title, High Tunnel Handbook, and then Request Copy under Hard Copy Price.

Lingle, Cheyenne workshops explain Community Supported Agriculture ventures

UW Extension and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture are sponsoring two free workshops for those interested in starting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ventures.

The Lingle workshop is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center, 2753 State Highway 157, near Lingle.

The Cheyenne workshop is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Laramie County extension office, 310 W. 19th St., in Cheyenne.

Lunch is provided for both workshops. Space is limited and RSVP is requested by Tuesday, April 2, for the Lingle workshop, and Tuesday, April 9, for the Cheyenne workshop.

“Community Supported Agriculture gets locally grown, seasonal food directly from an independent farmer into the hands of a group of supporters from the community,” said Cole Ehmke, extension specialist in personal finance and ag entrepreneurship. “The idea is that people purchase a share of the farm production, then, during the production season, they get a box of vegetables or other farm products every week.”

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UW Extension research may help Wyoming vegetable gardeners

Research by the University of Wyoming Extension may assist gardeners in the state select varieties of tomatoes, peppers, beets and carrots based on yield and nutritional content.

There are three publications in this series.

“Two years of studies on vegetables may provide some help for Wyoming gardeners,” said the project’s director, UW Extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter. “Yields as well as nutritional information gained from laboratory analyses may be valuable to vegetable producers and consumers alike.”

The research also examined the benefits of season-extension systems including high tunnels and row covers. It also analyzed various fertilizers, weed-control methods and insect damage on vegetables grown under different fertilization schemes.

Results are detailed in three UW Extension publications: RJ-216, Vegetable yield evaluations and nutritional contents; RJ-217, Vegetable production and nutritional content in season-extension systems; and RJ-218, Weed controls and insect pest evaluations.

The publications are available for free download. Go to and click the Publications link on the left side of the page. Click Search Bulletins, and type RJ-216, RJ-217 or RJ-218 in the Publication Number field. Click on the title to open.

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