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Emillie M. Skinner, Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez, Sharad C. Phatak, Harry H. Schomberg, and William Vencill

Cover crops are important in sustainable agricultural systems because they help improve soil organic matter and reduce soil erosion, among other benefits. Sunnhemp is a tropical legume that could be used as a summer cover crop in the southeastern

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Marco Fontanelli, Luisa Martelloni, Michele Raffaelli, Christian Frasconi, Marco Ginanni, and Andrea Peruzzi

region in Italy for spinach production—the coastal area being particularly suitable for this crop. The total harvested area of spinach in Tuscany is ≈1100 ha annually, with a total production of ≈16,320 Mg ( Regione Toscana, 2015 ). Spinach is grown in

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Margarita Velandia, Karen L. DeLong, Annette Wszelaki, Susan Schexnayder, Christopher Clark, and Kimberly Jensen

Polyethylene mulch is traditionally used in the production of some fruits and vegetables to maintain soil moisture and increase soil temperature, control weeds, improve crop quality, and increase yield ( Emmert, 1957 ). In the United States, 1

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Carl J. Rosen and Deborah L. Allan

The use of organic farming techniques to grow crops has gained in popularity in recent years as a result of both an increase in consumer demand for organically grown produce and a genuine desire on the part of many growers to sustain or improve the

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Roland Ebel

and Koohafkan, 2004 ), and it is highly sustainable. Traditional chinampas are biodiverse; they can be kept in almost continuous cultivation, their soils are renewable, and they create a microenvironment that protects crops from frosts ( Morehart and

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Kenneth G. McCabe, James A. Schrader, Samy Madbouly, David Grewell, and William R. Graves

considerably more sustainable than petroleum-plastic containers for single use. We are not aware of a commercial source for “biopolymer-coated” fiber containers for horticultural crop production, but our results provide proof-of-concept for paper

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Rachel E. Rudolph, Lisa W. DeVetter, Chris Benedict, and Inga A. Zasada

-quality crops. Many of those practices are common in modern agriculture, but they can be detrimental to soil quality. Soil quality, or soil health, has been defined as the “continued capacity of the soil to function” as a living ecosystem that sustains plants

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Maxym Reva, Custodia Cano, Miguel-Angel Herrera, and Alberto Bago

physiological equilibrium, higher yield, and healthier and more sustainable crop production are obtained ( Baum et al., 2015 ). Different studies have revealed the important role that AM may have in temperature stress alleviation ( Mathur et al., 2018 ; Zhu et

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Erin M. Silva and Geraldine Muller

Organic agriculture production has expanded to 4.8 million acres in the United States, with 2,643,221 acres of organic cropland and 156,615 acres of vegetable crops [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2008 ]. The market for organic food

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Kuan Qin and Daniel I. Leskovar

). Therefore, sustainable agricultural systems that include the combination of optimized irrigation and organic input could be applied in the production of horticultural crops to address the pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of water shortage