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Foam in Place Mulching Method for Specialty Crops
Title: Principal Investigator
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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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