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1 Christopher Vincent Program Technician Horticulture – University of Arkansas

2 Manipulate harvest season Improve growth Temperature Light diffusion and reduction Exclude pests Reduce diseases January 3, 2011

3 Crops: Berries Tomatoes Peppers Greens Flowers

4 Rule: purpose driven design Different designs have different impacts on inside microclimate Choose your design according to the use you intend to give it

5 Anchors Frame shape Frame reinforcement Skin Size Ease and cost of construction Total cost per ft 2

6 Screw paddle Tube Do you need cement?

7 Quonset (hoop) Simple Vertical wall Better ground space utilization Gothic arch Claimed to be better in snow

8 Purlins Parallel Connects hoops so they shift together Perpendicular Keeps hoop stable from shifting side-to-side

9 Truss/brace Tubing gauge gauge Square or round tubing End reinforcement

10 End wall strength Venting height Seal

11 Thickness mils (usually 4-6 mils) Many chemistries, 2 basic important properites Transmittance Diffusion Effects on plants: Basic light requirements Balance with the seasonal daylight hours Diffuse light = more efficient photosynthesis

12 Wiggle wire (spring wire, channel wire) Semipermanent Stable Seals Rope Easily adjustable Requires adjustment Holds plastic down, doesnt seal

13 Two layers of poly seal and air pump inflates the space between them. Superior insulation Higher cost Initial Maintenance

14 Ease Number of people required at once How much time Cost Tools and machinery Materials Labor

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