Hoops have been removed from the wind-damaged tunnel and will be replaced. The leg posts can be salvaged since the damaged bay was on one end of a series and only one arm of each leg post "Y" is used. Where an arm of a leg post "Y" was bent, we can turn the leg post 180 degrees and use the undamaged arm to connect to the new hoop.
High tunnel learning never stops. Last week on March 8th, a very unusual wind storm collapsed one of the tunnels in our multi-bay structure in East Lansing, Michigan. Winds blew between 40 and 50 mph for many hours, and gusts were likely higher. The west wind unraveled plastic that was bundled on the west side of the tunnel, pushed it up onto the structure, and proceeded to bend many of the hoops to the ground. A lot of reconstruction to do before the season begins. Lesson learned: make sure the plastic on the windward side of your tunnels is tied and secured with extra strength!
K. Hanson: Tunnel Berries Outreach Coordinator