Field News

Partial removal of the plastic cover on the Supersolo high tunnel at the end of another successful production season.

Radishes harvested from the high tunnel October 19th, 2016. A second harvest of radish was done on November 10th, 2016.

Snow in October slows harvest but is ideal for field storage of brussels sprouts.

Netting installed to protect the lettuce crop from deer. Note where the netting did not cover the plants the deer were able to cause damage.

Installing covers inside the Gothic high tunnel gets the tomato crop through a -6°C frost.

Posted: November 2016

Pepper harvest continues inside the high tunnel. The peppers are doing great, but there is some corn borer damage. The picture below shows a European Corn Borer inside a pepper from the high tunnel.

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, and lettuce doing well in the high tunnel

Posted: September 2016

Standing water in the field after the large rain event on July 11th and 12th, 2016.

Basal rot on romaine lettuce.

Deer and rabbits have moved into the Horticulture plots and their favorite food seems to be our newly transplanted lettuce and cole crops.

We implemented a few strategies to try and deter them from our plots:
Pie plate tied to stake to                 Various containers of strong            Netting over lettuce make noise and movement.          smells (moth balls, fox urine,              in the high tunnel.                                                          Irish Spring soap, peppermint oil)                                                                                             placed throughout the plots.

Scare crow in the lettuce
plot to help keep deer out.

The early spring and warm weather led to a record asparagus harvest this year. Between May 2nd and June 28th, 23 harvests were completed for a total of 1000.5 kg of asparagus harvested from the plot.

Posted: July 2016

Thanks to an early thaw we were able to plant garlic on April 4th. Early planting is critical to the success of spring-planted garlic.

Posted: April 2016

New Yellow Baby watermelon wins the taste panel in 2015 for the 3rd year in a row!!!

Posted: July 2015

Corn earworms are nasty little things!!! Our early corn cultivars had significant earworm damage but the later cultivars had far less problems. The corn earworms also damaged the pepper fruit in the high tunnel.

Posted: July 2015

Tomatoes trellised in the high tunnel with basil inter-cropped between plants, July 2015.









Muskmelon trellised in high tunnel July 2015. Note the support for the fruit.


Romaine lettuce looking nice in the field in July 2015.

Posted: July 2015

Artichokes are looking good in the field July 2015.

Posted: July 2015

Water melon thief caught on trail cam!!  We had been finding immature watermelons pulled off the plants and dropped outside of our high tunnel.

Posted: June 2015

Using Buctril M on garlic…. It’s registered, but it definitely damaged the crop.

Posted: June 2015

Training tomatoes in high tunnel, June 2015.

Posted: June 2015

Frost (-2 C) late May 2015 kills frost sensitive crops covered with low tunnels but crops in the high tunnels survive.

Posted: May 2015

Late May 2015 frost damaged cabbage and cauliflower transplants.

Posted: May 2015

High tunnel survives heavy wet snow fall on April 28th, 2015.

Posted: April 2015

Damage to peppers growing in high tunnels due to herbicide drift from adjacent grain fields.

Posted: November 2014

Hand removal of Brussels’s sprouts.

Posted: October 21, 2014

Nelson produces excellent yields of dense sprouts.

Posted:  October 21, 2014

Sunflower seeds sprouting after 24hs in microgreen production trial.

Posted: October 21, 2014

Germination of sunflower seeds for use as microgreens – October 2014.


Posted: October 20, 2014

Field cover installed over melon crops in a high tunnel provided protection through to -6C.

Posted: September 6, 2014

Transplanted lettuce growing between the rows of eggplant and tomato in a high tunnel.

Posted: September 2014

Diverse types of eggplant from a typical harvest – August 2014.

 Posted: August 2014

Romanesque type cauliflower.

 Posted: August 2014

Cumberland – this highly recommended cauliflower variety produces exceptional yields of almost round heads.

Posted: July 2014

Damage to melon leaves growing in a high tunnel caused by herbicide drift from an adjacent grain field.

Posted: July 2014

Consistent high humidity and elevated temperatures leads to foliar disease such as bacterial leaf spot in high tunnel crops.   Leaf shows residues of the copper spray used to control the disease.

Posted: July 2014

Combined effect of flooding and root maggot damage causes loss of stand in transplanted cauliflower.




Posted: July 2014

Orchard bee boxes to enhance pollination of crops in a high tunnel.

Posted: July 2014

Bark mulch installed on the edges of a high tunnel suppresses weeds and also provides a high and dry walking path.

Posted: July 2014

Harvesting Hydroponic Lettuce

Posted:  July 20, 2014

Grading yellow onions after 6 month storage at 4C.  For each variety bulbs culled out due to disease or sprouting were placed to the left of the name tag.

Posted: April 2014

Plastic torn off Gothic high tunnel due to failure of front door in 117 km/h wind.

Posted: March 2014

High Tunnel


Posted: September 2013



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