This 3-year, transdisciplinary research and extension project investigated the use of an experimental spunbond nonwoven mulch, leading commercially-available biodegradable mulches, and conventional black plastic in both high tunnel and open field specialty crop production. An objective was to measure mulch biodegradabilty in the soil.
Crop Tunnels and Mulch
Urbanization and high land costs provide market opportunities for high-value crops. High tunnels are temporary structures covered with clear plastic and are used to:
Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers Poster
- provide protection from rain and other weather events
- raise soil and air temperatures which extend the growing season
- make use of limited farmland
- grow crops sustainably and organically
High tunnels require good management for weed control, insect pest and disease protection and temperature and water optimization. Thus, growers often employ raised beds with mulch covers.
SCRI Project CRIS Report, 2013
SCRI Project CRIS Report, 2012
SCRI Project CRIS Report, 2011
SCRI Project CRIS Report, 2010