HOOP HOUSES

"You can't afford to risk today's high value crops," Tom Thorton, Washington cherry grower.

Hoop Houses are called many things, Spanish tunnels, grow tunnels, or high tunnels. The steel-framed houses are generally covered with polyethylene film. Although they are quite durable, hoop houses are designated as "temporary," which means nothing more than they do not require power or cement to build and operate. It makes them quite versatile and very valuable to growers.

Hoop houses generate great value by controlling the atmosphere and the variability about a crop. Protection against wind and sun, controls over light and heat, and greater protection from diseases and pests are some of the key benefits. In terms of performance, hoop house extended growing seasons, enhanced yields, and improve a crop's appearance and quality.

Hoop houses come with many options, including doors, adjustable side walls, and gutters. Ultimately, hoop houses can be customized to include connected gutters, functioning doors and sidewalls, vents, insect netting, shade cloth and bird netting, all, to improve growing conditions by controlling the environment.

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