- Author: Oleg Daugovish
- Posted by: Gale Perez
When Richard Smith tells you that he is impressed with efficacy of an organic herbicide you better take notice. Richard shared his results on this blog site last year and showed good weed control with 'Suppress' from Westbridge. This OMRI approved herbicide is a mix of caprylic and capric acids and is a contact material that interferes with plant cells membranes causing leakage and desiccation.
It looked like a good fit for organic plasticulture systems such as strawberry that have wet weedy furrows which are difficult to access with mechanical tools because of proximity to plastic. We placed a trial in a very weedy field that also had one of the SoCal...
New Organic Herbicide Registration for California
Richard Smith, Farm Advisor
University of California Cooperative Extension, Monterey County
A new organic herbicide, Suppress, from Westbridge Company is now in the 30-day waiting period with the California Department of Pesticide Registration and should be fully registered by mid-February of 2015. The active ingredients are Caprylic and Capric Acids and were approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). It is a contact burn-down material that is registered for use in and around food crops including vegetables, trees and vines. I...
- Re-posted by: Gale Perez
Abstract: For widespread adoption of biodegradable plastics as agricultural mulches, dependable biodegradation across contrasting conditions is necessary. The in situ degradation of four potentially biodegradable mulches (two commercially available starch-based films, one commercially available cellulose paper mulch, and one...
- Author: Guy B Kyser
I don't mulch much but this caught my eye: using those big round straw bales that unroll behind the tractor as an easy way to put out a mulch.
John Wilhoit & Timothy Coolong (2013). Mulching with Large Round Bales between Plastic-covered Beds Using a Newly Developed Offset Round-bale Unroller for Weed Control. HortTechnology, 23(4), 511-516.
"An existing round-bale unroller was modified to create an offset bale unroller, allowing round bales of hay to be unrolled between planting rows with a tractor. This modification has made the practice of mulching with round bales of hay or wheat straw more efficient. This offset round-bale unroller was used to...
- Author: Gale Perez
Join UC Farm Advisor Janet Caprile for an overview of weed management techniques for perennial and annual cropping systems that don't rely on synthetic herbicides or chemicals.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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