Black Degradable Plastic Mulch Evaluation

dc.contributor.author Hannan, Joseph
dc.date 2018-02-13T05:16:38.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T03:50:23Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T03:50:23Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2012
dc.date.embargo 2013-01-29
dc.date.issued 2012-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Black polyethylene plastic mulch provides many benefits to fruit and vegetable producers. It increases earliness by increasing spring soil temperatures, conserves soil moisture, and reduces pesticide usage by decreasing weed and disease pressure. Furthermore, during seasons of high precipitation, it protects fertilizer from leaching below the root zone. Unfortunately, polyethylene mulches do not degrade and must be removed from the field and discarded each season. This is a labor-intensive process whether it is done mechanically or by hand. Several degradable plastic mulches have been developed that are designed to be incorporated into the soil profile, eliminating the need for removal, with no negative impact on soil quality or health. However, these degradable plastics often do not meet degradation expectations (either degrade too quickly or degrade incompletely and require manual removal). The objective of this project was to evaluate several degradable mulches for storage life, ease of use, and influence on tomato production.</p>
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dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/farms_reports/30/
dc.identifier.articleid 1027
dc.identifier.contextkey 3625779
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dc.identifier.submissionpath farms_reports/30
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/36219
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries RFR A1120
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Horticulture
dc.subject.keywords RFR A1120
dc.title Black Degradable Plastic Mulch Evaluation
dc.type article
dc.type.genre horticulture_station
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