Muscatine Island Farm
Plastic mulches can provide vegetable growers with earlier crop maturity, increased yields and quality, improved disease, insect and weed control, and more efficient fertilizer and water use. However, standard polyethylene mulches must be removed and disposed of at the end of each season, which is a dirty and costly undertaking. One solution to this problem has been the development of degradable mulches that can be left in the field after harvest to disintegrate and be incorporated into the soil. Unfortunately, degradable mulch performance hasn’t always met expectations. And now there are different types of degradable mulches being aggressively marketed creating questions about which one is best. The objective of this study was to evaluate three types of degradable mulches for ease of use, speed of breakdown, and how they influence transplanted muskmelon performance.
Iowa State University
Lawson, Vincent, "Evaluating Degradable Mulches for Muskmelon Production" (2012). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 68.