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8 April 2020 Season, sowing date, and row cover influences the production of cool season vegetables in movable high tunnels
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Moveable high tunnels offer the possibility of increasing the number of crops harvested from a given piece of ground in northern latitudes where there is a short growing season. In an effort to expand crop scheduling options, three leafy greens and three root vegetables were grown in the spring in a movable high tunnel, and in the fall were sown outside and the tunnel was moved over the crops in late September. The effects of seeding date and addition of row cover were further explored on fresh weight and days to harvest. Using row cover within the high tunnel increased growing degree hours (GDH) by an average of 29% in the spring and 17% in the fall over a high tunnel without row cover. Soil degree hours (SDH) in the high tunnel with row cover increased an average of 9% in the spring and 12% in the fall over the high tunnel without row cover. The addition of row cover increased yield of leafy greens and turnip by an average of 35% in spring 2018 when the outside air temperature was considerably below average. Early-seeded fall leafy greens out-yielded late-seeded by 52% due to the ability to make a second harvest. Using row cover within the high tunnel increased GDH and SDH during both spring and fall seasons and increased the yield of cool season vegetables when outside air temperatures were considerably below average.

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David A. Baumbauer and Macdonald H. Burgess "Season, sowing date, and row cover influences the production of cool season vegetables in movable high tunnels," Canadian Journal of Plant Science 100(5), 528-536, (8 April 2020). https://doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2019-0150
Received: 9 June 2019; Accepted: 28 March 2020; Published: 8 April 2020
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