Black Plastic Mulch and Between-row Cultivation Increase Black Currant Yields

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Author: Adam Dale 1
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  • 1 Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, P.O. Box 587, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4N5.

Black currant (Ribes nigrum L.) plants of eight varieties were grown either through black plastic mulch or in bare soil and with the area between the rows cultivated or sodded with red fescue (Festuca rubra L.). Over 6 years, black plastic mulch increased yields by 26% over no mulch and cultivation between the rows increased yield by 32% compared to sod. The effect of both treatments was additive, cultivation and black plastic increased yield by 68% over grass and no black plastic. Growers are recommended to plant black currants through black plastic and avoid using sod between the rows.

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