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Yingqian Lin, Alexa R. Wilson, and Pascal Nzokou

contribute organic matter to soil and reduce soil compaction and crusting, thus improving water infiltration and in some cases moisture retention ( MacRae and Mehuys, 1985 ). They also have the ability to reduce soil erosion by wind and water ( Hargrove, 1991

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Jesse Puka-Beals and Greta Gramig

to reduce weed emergence. Unlike straw or bark mulches, compost blankets may have sufficient soil-like physical properties (e.g., porosity, water infiltration) and fertility to be direct seeded into and support initial crop growth. Most commercially

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N. Mays, K.R. Brye, Curt R. Rom, M. Savin, and M.E. Garcia

water infiltration and other soil hydraulic and gas exchange properties. Nutrient source also affected ( P < 0.05) BD over time, where the greatest decrease in BD occurred with commercial fertilizer addition, whereas the smallest decrease in BD occurred

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Natalie P. Lounsbury, Bonnie B. Lounsbury, Nicholas D. Warren, and Richard G. Smith

would improve the sustainability of tarping practices that farmers are already using (i.e., with compost or bare soil). In addition to weed suppression, cover crops provide many benefits, including erosion prevention, improved water infiltration, organic

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Roger Kubalek, David Granatstein, Doug Collins, and Carol Miles

, 2019 ). Tarps can exclude water infiltration from rain events, keeping the soil moisture more constant over time compared with bare ground ( Lounsbury et al., 2020 ). A 2-year study with plastic mulch in raspberry ( Rubus idaeus ) production showed

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Handell Larco, Bernadine C. Strik, David R. Bryla, and Dan M. Sullivan

during the day with (black) weed mat, water infiltration is often lower, and blueberry root growth is reduced ( Cox, 2009 ; Larco, 2010 ; Larco et al., 2013 ; Neilsen et al., 2003 ). Most new fields are irrigated by drip when using weed mat. The

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Bernadine C. Strik, Amanda J. Davis, and David R. Bryla

“zippered” system with two 1-m-wide panels overlapping at the middle of the beds. Holes were cut in the weed mat around the crown of the plants. The black and green weed mat had a density of 108 and 130 g·m −2 and a water infiltration rate of 407 and 554 L

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Danielle D. Treadwell, Nancy G. Creamer, Greg D. Hoyt, and Jonathan R. Schultheis

and was not evenly distributed. Temperatures were 1.9 °C lower on average throughout the season, and in particular, July was 3.2 °C lower than normal. Heavy rains in May and June combined with cool temperatures contributed to slow water infiltration

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George Hochmuth, Terril Nell, J. Bryan Unruh, Laurie Trenholm, and Jerry Sartain

because of the excavation, grading, soil moving, and construction processes and fill-soils can take many forms ( U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2005 ). Urban soils can be highly compacted during the construction period and the water infiltration rate is

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drought conditions. Future measurements will include continued monitoring of plant growth and physiology, as well as a detailed comparison of water infiltration rates and water quality. These data will help develop a model that will contrast the effects of