Department of Horticulture,
Iowa State University
We've recently received some much needed rain in Central Iowa; however, this has brought along some necessary evils. Wind and the other damaging culprits that accompany summer thunderstorms have been especially unwelcome for producers growing in high tunnels.
On the evening of July 11 the ISU Horticulture Farm fell victim to the 30+ mph hour winds with gusts upwards of 50 mph. The results were the complete loss of one high tunnel skin and the displacement of a shade cloth on another. Thankfully the research was not compromised. We hope that our local growers did not face the same misfortune!