MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — How many cucumbers can grow in a high tunnel?

Get a good idea when you attend the University of Illinois Extension’s fourth and final twilight meeting.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Jackson County Extension office, 402 Ava Road, Murphysboro.

Local food systems and small farms educators Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning will share insights into their produce research, including high-tunnel production of vegetables and cut flowers, no-till tomato production and variety selection, asparagus production, nutrient management in pumpkins and cover crops.

NRCS soil conservationist Bryan Shupe will discuss and answer questions about funding opportunities for high-tunnel construction through the EQIP program of NRCS.

Extension educators have teamed up over the past five years to offer the Twilight Meeting Series. The meetings are hosted by successful and diverse vegetable, fruit and produce operations to highlight best practices as well as make Extension staff available for questions.

This past season the meetings were hosted by Mileur’s Orchard in Murphysboro, Double Star Farms in Benton and the University of Illinois’ Dixon Springs Agricultural Research Center in Pope County.

This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is appreciated. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw or call 618-687-1727.

For more information, contact Bronwyn Aly at baly@illinois.edu or 618-695-6060 or Nathan Johanning at njohann@illinois.edu or 618-687-1727.

Karen Binder can be reached at kbinder@agrinews-pubs.com or 618-534-0614. Follow her on Twitter: @AgNews_Binder.

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