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

, which is often referred to as “weed mat” ( Strik, 2016 ). Weed mat is more economical for weed control than sawdust, and it can have a positive effect on yield in blueberry ( Strik et al., 2017a ; Strik and Vance, 2017 ). Weed mat captures more longwave

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

black, woven polypropylene landscape groundcover, which is often referred to as “weed mat” ( Strik, 2016 ). Weed mat is becoming more common because it is more economical for weed control than sawdust, and it can have a positive effect on yield in

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Emily K. Dixon, Bernadine C. Strik, and David R. Bryla

continue the work by Harkins et al. (2013 , 2014 ) and Dixon et al. (2015a , 2015b ) and examine the effects of cultivar (Black Diamond and Marion), postharvest irrigation, weed management (weed mat, hand-weeded, and nonweeded), and primocane training

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Emily K. Dixon, Bernadine C. Strik, and David R. Bryla

., 2013 ; Meyers et al., 2014 ). Weed mat, or porous landscape fabric, has been used successfully to manage weeds in various production systems ( Dixon et al., 2015 ; Harkins et al., 2013 ; Makus, 2011 ; Meyers et al., 2014 ). It is particularly well

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Renee H. Harkins, Bernadine C. Strik, and David R. Bryla

contact herbicides are commonly used in conventional blackberry plantings ( Barney et al., 2007 ; Bushway et al., 2008 ), but chemical options are limited for organic production. Perforated landscape fabric, often referred to as weed mat, is an

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Bernadine C. Strik, Amanda Vance, David R. Bryla, and Dan M. Sullivan

fish solubles ( Strik, 2016 ). Many were concerned with their weed management and fertilizer options, and they wondered whether alternative mulches such as weed mat were better than sawdust. Therefore, we initiated a long-term trial to address key

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Emily K. Dixon, Bernadine C. Strik, Luis R. Valenzuela-Estrada, and David R. Bryla

remove them only before harvest. However, weeds compete with blackberry plants and can significantly reduce yield when left unmanaged ( Harkins et al., 2013 ; Meyers et al., 2014 ). The use of a perforated landscape fabric, or “weed mat,” as a barrier to

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

immobilization with organic fertilizer products. Weed mat (perforated landscape fabric) is considered an inert mulch ( Granatstein and Mullinix, 2008 ) and is approved for use as a weed barrier by the USDA National Organic Program ( USDA-AMS-NOP, 2011 ). Weed mat

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Bernadine C. Strik, Amanda Vance, David R. Bryla, and Dan M. Sullivan

compost is readily available in many production regions and may be suitable for commercial blueberry production ( Sullivan et al., 2014 ). Weed mat (perforated landscape fabric) is approved for use as a weed barrier by the United States Department of

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James W. Julian, Bernadine C. Strik, Handell O. Larco, David R. Bryla, and Dan M. Sullivan

10% of its total N during decomposition for several years after application ( Gale et al., 2006 ; Sikora and Szmidt, 2001 ). Weed mat or landscape fabric, an inert mulch ( Granatstein and Mullinix, 2008 ) approved for use as a weed barrier by the