Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2010: $5,200.78
Projected End Date: 12/31/2012
Region: North Central
Examine the practicality of using high tunnels on a rotational basis to increase sustainability on a small acreage.
- High Tunnels in Place
Chickens moved 3 times
Only 1 night of below freezing temps recorded in Tunnel w/chickens
Overall improvement of soil, with Nitrogen and Organic matter up
- Heat retention goal for High tunnels and plants improved
Unexpected improvement on retention of chickens from predators
Failure of low tunnels with spun row cover
- Produce available for opening market day for 1st time: Lettuce, Chard, herbs
Cutting of wind damage gave plants opportunity to mature quickly and looked much healthier.
Soil took much less working, and produced nearly 50% more in plot 1.
Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes
- More hands the better when covering high tunnels in Kansas
Plastic tunnel broke down chicken manure more effectually than the uncovered tunnel.
PVC low tunnel was unsuccessful, pipe bender added to rebuild
Although difficult to document, the overall impression was of less grasshopper damage.