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High Tunnel Tour

High tunnels are inexpensive structures used for extending the growing season and improving yields and quality of vegetables, berries, and cut flowers.

At Penn State’s High Tunnel Research and Extension Facility, strawberries and raspberries are being grown in containers in 15 tunnels with 5 different types of plastics to better manage plant growth, temperatures, and pests.   To learn how to better manage heat load, four additional tunnels are equipped with various types of solar-powered automated venting options including a ridge-vent, roll-up roof, roll-down sides, and roll-up sides.  Work being conducted will be explained and the effects of the plastics on yields and microenvironment will be discussed

Bus leaves daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Note: walking/standing involved. Restrooms will not be available