Project Type: Enhanced State Grants
Funds awarded in 2016: $24,750.00
Projected End Date: 05/31/2018
Grant Recipient: University of Hawaii
A screen house is an effective tool to minimize pest from damaging crops which may result in reduced productivity, crop and financial losses. It serves as a non-chemical, physical barrier which puts the pest at a disadvantage. Building a screen house does not have to be costly. USDA NRCS offers financial assistance for commercial grade, high tunnels through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to growers who qualify for the USDA NRCS conservation cost share program. Replicated and observational field trials have shown screened units provide excellent control of pest such as birds, fruit flies, Chinese rose beetles, Lepidoptera (worm type) pests. Added benefits may include, increased production, heightened quality, reduction of nutrient and pesticide transport; improved air circulation and quality (i.e., vog, acid rain, etc.). We welcome you to attend our field day to learn more about pest management trials conducted on Maui and Oahu using screen house technologies for bagrada bug, webworm, aphids, pickleworm, and fruit fly management. Walk through the newly constructed, Conley 1100 high tunnel system and won bok trial and GET Local with won bok--production, nutrition, and preparation information.
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Farmers/Ranchers; Researchers; Consumers
This product is associated with the project "Deploying SOAP’s Hot Shot Team to Identified Hot Spot Locations to Advance Susatinable and Organic Agriculture Practices in Hawaii"