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producers in U.S. southern states and is shipped to U.S. northern growers. Black biodegradable or standard plastic mulch is frequently used to warm the soil surface and for weed control. In addition, some growers use raised beds to increase early-season soil

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tree leaves and turfgrass clippings. Before planting, a 53-inch-wide, 0.6-mm-thick, black, biodegradable, plastic mulch (Bionov B Mater-Bi™; Récoltech Accessoires Maraichers Inc, Saint-Rémi, QC, Canada) was laid on the experimental plots, which were on

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to the environment due to waste plastics being buried in landfills and on farm, or burned. As an alternative, plastic mulches that are biodegradable have been developed. These products first appeared on the market in the 1980s, and may be made from

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., 2006 ). The objective of the present study was to investigate a non-chemical weed control strategy by evaluating opaque plastic and semitransparent biodegradable mulches and different sowing date on sweet corn yield and competitiveness against weeds

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weathering conditions on the physicochemical properties of biodegradable plastic mulches Polym. Test. 62 454 467 Iapichino, G. Mustazza, G. Sabatino, L. D’Anna, F. 2014 Polyethylene and biodegradable starch-based mulching films positively affect winter melon

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Karlsson, M. 2017 Plastic mulch, row covers and low tunnels for vegetable production in Alaska. Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Ext. Factsheet FGV-00674 Kasirajan, S. Ngouajio, M. 2012 Polyethylene and biodegradable mulches for agricultural applications: A review

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growing season, and the warming effect decreased after ≈7 WAT because mulches were shaded by the developed canopy ( Martin-Closas et al., 2017 ; Sintim et al., 2019 ). Higher permeability of soil-biodegradable plastic mulches allows water to evaporate

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increasing as well. Burying or tilling PE mulch into the soil can lead to contamination of the soil and groundwater with plastic byproducts and microplastics ( He et al., 2015 ; Wang et al., 2013 ). Geyer et al. (2017) report that in the past 65 years

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within the strip-till zone. Surface-applied mulches provide weed control by forming a physical weed-suppressive barrier over the soil surface. Nondegradable polyethylene plastic is the most widely used surface-applied mulch material and biodegradable

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Anunciado, M.B. Hayes, D.G. Wadsworth, L.C. English, M.E. Schaeffer, S.M. Sintim, H.Y. Flury, M. 2021 Impact of agricultural weathering on physicochemical properties of biodegradable plastic mulch films: Comparison of two diverse climates over

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