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Foam in Place Mulching Method for Specialty Crops

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 34404
Amount: $33,060.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
R.R. #2, Box 217
Clinton, IL 61727
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Albert W. Morgan
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
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Research Institution

Frothed foams will be prepared and applied in place as low cost mulches for weed control in small plot specialty crop operations. Foam mixes will be formulated from degradable natural polymers including gelatins and starches. Fillers will be common cellulosic mulch ingredients such as crushed seed hulls and corncobs. A conventional portable spray tank modified with an impeller blade will mechanically produce the froth. Natural cross-linkers may be used. Greenhouse and cold frame testing of foamed mulches and control weed control systems will be measured using common weed species and commercially useful specialty plants. Measurement of foam mulch durability and weed barrier efficiency are research issues.

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