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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGICALLY AND ECOLOGICALLY BASED KNOWLEDGE FOR INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Location: Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit

Title: Mulch your tomatoes to fight weeds, retain soil moisture and save money

Authors
item Davis, Adam
item Cherniss, Jon - BLUE MOON ORGANIC FARM

Submitted to: The New Ag Network
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: September 17, 2008
Publication Date: September 18, 2008
Citation: Davis, A.S., Cherniss, J.S. 2008. Mulch your tomatoes to fight weeds, retain soil moisture and save money. The New Ag Network. 3(8):1.

Technical Abstract: An on-farm experiment was conducted to determine whether different types of mulches were a cost-effective means of weed management in organic tomato production. Three mulch treatment, bare soil, straw and grass, were applied to drip-irrigated tomatoes at a depth of 7.5 cm. Weed biomass was reduced seven-fold in the mulch treatments compared to the bare soil treatment. Tomato yield was 27% greater in the mulch treatments compared to the bare soil treatment. The overall economic impact of tomato mulching was highliy positive, resulting in a 10-fold return on the investment in materials and labor.

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