“Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide” is available from the Kansas Rural Center to help specialty crop growers in Kansas. The guide was written by Tom Buller, KRC specialty crop projects program director; Cary Rivard, Kansas State University Fruit and Vegetable Extension specialist; and Kim Oxley, K-State Research Extension associate.

The guide provides success stories from Kansas farmers who use high tunnels on their farms, general management strategies, and specific cropping advice for some of the most successful crops grown in high tunnels in Kansas.

The guide also features crop-specific management advice tailored to Kansas and sample crop enterprise budgets for tomatoes, head lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, bell peppers, leafy greens and root crops.

Development of the guide was funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the USDA’s views.

Specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, present a growth opportunity for Kansas agriculture.

The vast majority of fruits and vegetables consumed in Kansas are currently imported, while demand for local food is high.

To help address this unmet demand, high tunnels can allow growers to extend the growing season and increase yield and income per acre.

“Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide” is available for viewing or free download at https://kansasruralcenter.org/growing-under-cover-2-is-here/.