Salinity Management in High Tunnel Systems

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2020: $112,771.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2023
Grant Recipient: West Virginia University
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Lisa Jones
West Virginia University
High tunnels are controlled environment structures that accelerate crop growth and protect the crop from environmental extremes. Salt accumulation in high tunnels can occur from extended use of high-salt fertilizers or composts and the absence of rainfall in the structure. High salt levels in the soil can reduce water uptake, stunt plant growth and even cause death of seedlings or susceptible mature plants. WVU Extension recommends using salt tolerance thresholds and to categorize crop sensitivity.
Jody Carpenter, WVU Extension
Tom Basden, WVU Extension
Lewis Jett, WVU Extension
Louis McDonald, WVU
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.