Engineering principles impacting high-tunnel environments

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Abstract

High tunnels are a special type of greenhouse with primary operational goals of season extension, crop quality improvement, and new crop production opportunities to reach unique markets. From an engineering viewpoint, high tunnels have many of the same design concerns as larger, more complex greenhouses. They capitalize on the greenhouse effect as do all enclosed plant growth structures. However, less automated environmental control systems are required for the desired crop production. Tunnel designs are less complex and less expensive than large high-technology greenhouse ranges, but they must be designed and constructed with the fundamental assurance of structural stability, safety, efficient layout, appropriate environmental control, and effective crop management in mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalHortTechnology
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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Keywords

  • Controlled environment agriculture
  • Hoop house
  • Season extension
  • Temporary structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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Engineering principles impacting high-tunnel environments. / Giacomelli, Gene A.

In: HortTechnology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 30-33.

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