Person: Andy and Melissa Dunham
Fruit and vegetable farmers use mulch
to control weed competition plus
increase moisture retention for cash
• Many fruit and vegetable farmers
use plastic mulch but concerns about
its environmental sustainability have
farmers wanting to test other mulch
• In 2012, both mulches reduced weeds
compared to bare ground and the
plastic mulch resulted in greatest
sweet potato yields.
• In 2013, watermelon production was
similar in the paper mulch and control
• In 2014, sweet potato production
trended higher in the plastic mulch
although not statistically greater.
The paper mulch and control were
similar again but the paper mulch was
shredded due to extreme weather
leaving little mulch.
December 6, 2014