Latest Living mulch Stories

2013-11-19 16:48:01

Offset round-bale unroller makes mulching more efficient in organic mulch trials John Wilhoit and Timothy Coolong from the University of Kentucky have introduced a new technology that can make the application of organic mulches more efficient. The research team from the University of Kentucky premiered their new invention in the August issue of HortTechnology. The team altered a conventional round-bale unroller and designed experiments to document its efficiency. "We modified an unroller...

2012-02-09 23:56:37

The most recent annual results from a four-year Iowa State University study on using cover crops between rows of corn reveals that higher yields - by as much as 10 percent - are possible using the soil-saving approach to farming. The results are the best yet in the ongoing research, according to Ken Moore, Distinguished Professor of agronomy and primary investigator on the project, who plans to carry on the trials for at least one more growing season. Planting living mulch - or ground...

2011-11-18 02:39:19

Non-chemical method matches herbicides for managing weeds Traditionally addressed through hand-weeding and/or herbicide application, controlling weeds is one of most costly operations in nursery production. Increased labor costs have made hand-weeding prohibitive as the sole method of weed control, and although herbicides may be effective and less expensive, non-target herbicide loss can be as high as 86% and can harm the environment. To address the economic and environmental impact of...

2010-04-20 07:29:43

Study determines usefulness of dark-colored plastic mulch and row covers for okra production Plastic mulches have been used in vegetable production in the United States since the 1950s. Black plastic (polyethylene) mulch, which alters the plant's growing environment by generating warmer soil temperatures and holding more moisture than bare soil, is the standard mulch used in vegetable production. A new research study evaluated the effects of colored plastic mulches with and without row covers...

2009-02-27 09:18:46

In 1999, more than 30 million acres of agricultural land worldwide were covered with plastic mulch, and those numbers have been increasing significantly since then. With the recent trend toward "going green", researchers are seeking environmentally friendlier alternatives to conventional plastic mulch. Plastic mulch can provide earlier crop maturity, higher yields, increased quality, improved disease and insect resistance, and more efficient water and fertilizer use, but carries a high cost...

2008-12-29 11:32:39

Non-chemical weed control methods tested on organic mandarin trees Interest in organic crop production is increasing around the world. Organics are healthy for consumers while adding environmental benefits and decreasing the amount of synthetic herbicides in foods, soil, and water. While organics gain popularity with consumers, organic farmers are faced with new production challenges, especially managing and reducing invasive weeds. Synthetic mulches, manufactured from petroleum-based...

2008-08-19 03:00:25

By Anderson-Wilk, Mark Cover crops can provide a multitude of environmental benefits, including reducing soil erosion, minimizing nitrogen leaching, and increasing soil carbon storage (Deigado et al. 2007; Singer et al. 2007; Hargrove 1991). Cover crops also have the potential to suppress weeds, control pests, and create new sources of income for farmers (Clark 2007). However, cover cropping is not widely practiced (Singer et al. 2007). So why aren't more farmers using cover crops? The key...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

By Michael Mills, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 4--Question: What you would suggest to keep the weeds/grass out of my asparagus bed? We have had the bed for a few years and would prefer something other than constant weeding. - Helen File Answer: What's the main difference between asparagus and such crops as spinach, green beans, okra, corn and watermelons? Asparagus is a perennial, and the others are annuals. Those with ornamental gardens may be thinking, "Yeah, so what's the point?"...

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