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Objectives: 1. Determine if yields of butternut squash and tomatoes are different between plots using plastic mulch and
corn stalk mulch. 2. Determine if yields of butternut squash and tomatoes are different between plots using foliar feeding
and not using foliar feeding.

June 28, 2016 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Fruit and vegetable farmers use mulch
to control weed competition plus
increase moisture retention for cash
crops.
• Many fruit and vegetable farmers
use plastic mulch but concerns about
its environmental sustainability have
farmers wanting to test other mulch
types.
KEY FINDINGS
• 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
plots.
• 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 

RESEARCH REPORT