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Catherine A. Neal

efficient use of land and labor, more control of the growing environment, and extended planting and harvesting seasons. Plants are easier to handle and ship, more attractive at retail outlets, and easy to transplant. The entire root system is transplanted

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Jennifer Reeve and Dan Drost

Use of unheated plastic film-covered high tunnels to extend the growing season of high-value fruits and vegetables is increasing rapidly in the United States ( Lamont, 2009 ). Driven by strong consumer demand for local and organic produce, there is

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Ross C. Braun, Jack D. Fry, Megan M. Kennelly, Dale J. Bremer, and Jason J. Griffin

for landscape irrigation is under increasing scrutiny. Warm-season turfgrasses are more heat and drought resistant than cool-season grasses, and their use results in water savings ( Fry and Huang, 2004 ). In addition, warm-season turfgrass also require

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Mary A. Rogers and Annette L. Wszelaki

tunnels to extend their growing season, reduce plant defoliation by early blight, and produce larger and more marketable fruit when compared with field-grown fruit. High tunnels have the potential to help regulate plant water uptake, thereby, reducing

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Shengrui Yao and Carl J. Rosen

). For these reasons, there is very limited primocane raspberry production in northern Minnesota ( USDA, 2009a ), although the crop is one of high value. High tunnels have the potential to extend the growing season by several weeks in the spring and fall

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Skyler Simnitt, Tatiana Borisova, Dario Chavez, and Mercy Olmstead

during a number of weeks extending beyond the peak season. Participants indicated that producing early-season varieties enables them to “get to retailers early” and “ease into the market” to establish contracts. This in turn allows them to secure more

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Lisa Alexander

the United States. Nursery growers wish to extend the range of fragrant tea olive into colder climates throughout the United States and China ( Dong, 2010 ). Production and landscape use currently are limited to USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 8 for sweet

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Ross Braun, Jack Fry, Megan Kennelly, Dale Bremer, and Jason Griffin

Water is a limited resource and its use to irrigate landscapes is under increasing scrutiny. Warm-season turfgrasses, including zoysiagrass, are more heat and drought resistant than cool-season grasses, which results in water savings ( Fry and Huang

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Donald R. Hodel, A. James Downer, and Dennis R. Pittenger

the warm season to ensure as long a period as possible of active and sustained growth. In subtropical and temperate areas with seasonal growth fluctuations, such as the southwestern United States and areas with a Mediterranean climate, the best time to

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Analena B. Bruce, Elizabeth T. Maynard, and James R. Farmer

The global production of specialty crops, such as high-value vegetables, has been transformed by the use of high tunnels to moderate extreme weather events and climate conditions, allow for extended growing seasons, and offer protection against some