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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: APPLICATION OF SOIL SOLARIZATION TO FALL PRODUCTION OF CUCURBITS AND PEPPER)

Author
item Chellemi, Daniel
item Hochmuth, Robert
item Winsberg, Ted
item Guetler, Walter
item Shuler, Kenneth
item Datnoff, Lawrence
item Kaplan, David
item Mcsorley, Robert
item Dunn, Robert
item Olson, Steve

Submitted to: Proceedings of Florida State Horticultural Society
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/2/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Citation:

Interpretive Summary: Not required.

Technical Abstract: Soil solarization, applied alone or in combination with 1,3-dichloropropene or municipal solid waste compost, was evaluated as an alternative to preplant fumigation with methyl bromide. In Palm Beach County, marketable yield of pepper was 15.3 and 16.4 tons/acre from solarized and methyl bromide treated areas, respectively, while suppression of nutsedge and the density of root-knot nematodes were similar under both treatments. Following a subsequent second crop of cucumber, reductions in marketable yield and increases in the severity of root galling and density of root-knot nematodes were observed in untreated or solarized areas, but not in an area treated with soil solarization plus 1,3-dichloropropene. In Suwannee County, suppression of yellow and purple nutsedge was similar in plots receiving soil solarization or methyl bromide while reductions in root galling and density of root-knot nematodes were greatest in plots treated with methyl bromide. Marketable yield of cucumber was greatest in methyl bromide-treated areas.

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