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Qingren Wang, Waldemar Klassen, Edward A. Evans, Yungcong Li, and Merlyn Codallo

, including the application of compost as an organic mulch with and without plastic mulch, soil fumigation with methyl bromide-chloropicrin, and use of herbicides, to study the following effects: 1) yield and quality responses of bell peppers; 2) the impact on

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Lavesta C. Hand, Kayla M. Eason, Taylor M. Randell, Timothy L. Grey, John S. Richburg, Timothy W. Coolong, and A. Stanley Culpepper

residual herbicides ( Brainard et al., 2013 ; Cutulle et al., 2019 ). However, in Georgia, cole crops and leafy greens are often grown in plastic mulch systems. These systems eliminate the potential for tillage as a weed management tool and can increase

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Mark S. Johnson and Steven A. Fennimore

The phase out of methyl bromide has forced strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa Duchesne) growers to consider the use of cultural methods such as colored mulches to enhance weed control. Black plastic mulch controls most weeds; however, black mulch often does not warm the soil as well as clear mulch. Soil warming with clear mulch is desirable for early season markets, but clear mulch does not control weeds. Neither black nor clear mulches combine the ideal weed control and soil warming characteristics required. Seven colored mulches, as well as clear, black and no mulch were evaluated in California organic and conventional strawberries to identify mulch factors associated with weed control and soil warming. Laboratory and greenhouse experiments were also conducted to isolate the effects of light transmittance through mulch on weed germination and growth. The effect of mulch color on transmittance of photosynthetically active light (400 to 700 nm) through mulches was the key weed control factor, and was more important than the effect of mulch color effect on weed germination. Satisfactory weed control was provided by all mulches except clear, blue and red-brown laminated. Clear and black mulches provided the greatest soil warming in sunny and cloudy climatic conditions, respectively, although plants in clear mulched conventional production system plots produced the highest yield of marketable berries. Green and brown plastic mulches provided the best combinations of soil warming and weed control benefits at all trial locations.

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Garry G. Gordon, Wheeler G. Foshee III, Stewart T. Reed, James E. Brown, and Edgar L. Vinson III

Plastic (polyethylene) mulches have been used in vegetable production in the United States since the 1950s. Black polyethylene plastic mulch is the standard plastic mulch used in vegetable production. Black plastic alters the plant's growing

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Ramón A. Arancibia and Carl E. Motsenbocker

fit better today's smaller households. Several reports have shown that watermelon growth and yield increase in response to plastic mulch and rowcover, but the effect on fruit size distribution has been overlooked ( Baker et al., 1998 ; Marr et al

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Carol Miles, Lisa DeVetter, Shuresh Ghimire, and Douglas G. Hayes

Biodegradable plastic mulch was introduced in the 1990s as an alternative to PE mulch, which has been used in agriculture worldwide since the early 1960s to control weeds, conserve soil moisture, modify soil temperature, shorten time to harvest, and

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Sahar Dabirian, Debra Inglis, and Carol A. Miles

wilt severity of grafted watermelon plants at a naturally infested field site in western Washington harboring a relatively high soil population of V. dahliae (18.0 cfu/g). In addition to grafting, the use of plastic mulch is another alternative

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Jessica R. Goldberger, Lisa W. DeVetter, and Katherine E. Dentzman

et al., 2017 ; Rodríguez-Seijo and Pereira, 2019 ). Of particular concern are the environmental impacts associated with the use and disposal of low-density polyethylene plastic mulch films for crop production ( He et al., 2015 ; Kasirajan and

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Shawn T. Steed, Allison Bechtloff, Andrew Koeser, and Tom Yeager

, and the possibly prohibitive cost for large-scale adoption. A similar method could be used, without the reservoir, using a plastic mulch system. A plastic mulch system could improve favorably on some of the aforementioned limitations. Horticultural

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Daniel S. Egel, Ray Martyn, and Chris Gunter

The last 30 years have witnessed major changes in how watermelons are grown commercially in the United States. Intensive watermelon production often involves the use of transplants, black plastic mulch, and fumigants. These production methods have