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Managing Soil Nutrients in High Tunnels with Bruce Hoskins

Posted October 03, 2019

A free presentation on Managing Nutrients in High Tunnels will be held Thursday, October 24 from 5-6:30 pm at Sheepscot General Farm & Store, 98 Town House Road in Whitefield. Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine Soil Testing Program Coordinator, will discuss high tunnel soil testing at the University of Maine and how the lab addresses the specialized management concerns of this unique growing environment.

High tunnels – or unheated hoop houses – provide many benefits to farmers and. However, these covered growing spaces provide challenges for managing soil nutrients. The combination of high temperatures and the need for water to be supplied only by irrigation creates what is essentially an irrigated desert, which over time results in nutrient salt build up and soil stratification.

Hoskins will discuss how to manage nutrients to compensate for these conditions and the much greater nutrient demand on these soils. This talk in the Farmer-Gardener Workshop Series is co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance.

FMI and to register for this free program contact, 596-2040 or visit