mulching system Articles

  • Innovations in Mulch Colorization

    Competition for drier wood sources for boiler fuel has led to increasing use of ground green waste and processed C&D wood streams to make colored mulches. THIS time of year, many landscapes pop out brightly - not just from the blooming flowers, but from the decorative mulches around homes, shopping centers and office buildings. What started as a niche market for mulch producers many years ago has ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A safer approach to handling mulch

    As with any industrial equipment the safe use of front-end loaders is the responsibility of operators and fellow employees. Site-specific training is necessary to ensure safety at any job site, but where mulch is concerned, safety requires knowledge of many more variables. Attention to surroundings just scratches the surface. And with mulch, even scratching the surface of a stockpile with a ...

  • Landscape mulches prove to be hot topic

    Warnings are being sounded about the flammability and combustibility of various landscape mulches used in areas prone to wildfires, which could lead in the future to a rating system for the ground-covering products. “Unfortunately, some mulches are easily ignited, burn rapidly and represent a threat to homes,” says a study conducted by two researchers from Nevada and California. “There weren’t ...

  • Integrated system: Mulch and topsoil fit the bill in Florida

    Company offers a recycled alternative to cypress mulch and processes fines for soil blends. As the owner of a civil engineering firm and partner in a development company in Florida, Tim Jelus has plenty of experience with organic residuals generated by land clearing and construction and demolition (C&D) projects. A few years ago, he saw this material as an opportunity for a recycling ...


  • Living mulch nutritive value in a corn-soybean-forage rotation

    Living mulches can function to supply forage in multifunctional cropping systems. Information quantifying nutritive value of forage plants in living mulch cropping systems is limited. The objective of this research was to quantify the nutritive value of forages from different plant functional groups managed as living mulches in 2 of 3 yr and as a forage crop in the third year of this 3-yr corn ...

  • Living mulch forage yield and botanical composition in a corn-soybean-forage rotation

    Managing forages as living mulches during row crop production requires suppressing the forages to produce economical crop yields. The objective of this research was to identify forage plants with varied growth habit, persistence, and yield potential to provide desirable ecosystem functions in a multifunctional cropping system. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum Bieb.), ...

  • Coffee production systems

    Types of production systems Roughly, five types of coffee production systems can be distinguished (Moguel, 1996, in Courville, forthcoming): 1)Traditional rustic coffee system: coffee production under forest trees by substitution of plants growing on the floor of a (sub)-tropical forest with coffee. There is a minimal impact on the original forest ecosystem; 2)Traditional polyculture system ...


  • Summer cover crop and management system affect lettuce and cantaloupe production system

    Cover crops are widely used in both conventional and organic systems to protect and improve the soil. This study evaluated the effect of summer cover crop and management system on the production of fall romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and spring cantaloupe (Cucumis melo L.) from 1999 to 2003. Cover crop treatments included cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] incorporated (CPI), cowpea used ...

  • Hybrid composting systems: appropriate technology for Austral-Asia?

    Composting is a strongly emerging option in waste management in Austral-asia. It has been widely acknowledged that a successful integrated waste management strategy must adequately address the organic waste stream. Composting is the most economical, efficient and ecologically sustainable option to deal with organic waste if properly managed and economically and socially integrated into a ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Cover crop and nitrogen effects on maize productivity in no-Tillage Systems of the Brazilian cerrados

    Cover crops in direct seeding mulch-based cropping (DMC) systems can be an effective tool to optimize N management for crop production in the Brazilian cerrados. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of four cover crops on maize (Zea mays L.) grain yields in two fields that had been under DMC for 3 and 14 yr. We hypothesized that cover crops would optimize N supply to the maize ...

  • Cover Crop and nitrogen effects on maize productivity in no-tillage systems of the Brazilian Cerrados

    Cover crops in direct seeding mulch-based cropping (DMC) systems can be an effective tool to optimize N management for crop production in the Brazilian cerrados. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of four cover crops on maize (Zea mays L.) grain yields in two fields that had been under DMC for 3 and 14 yr. We hypothesized that cover crops would optimize N supply to the maize ...

  • Cover crop and liquid manure effects on soil quality indicators in a corn silage system

    Due to a lack of surface residue and organic matter inputs, continuous corn (Zea mays L.) silage production is one of the most demanding cropping systems imposed on our soil resources. In this study, our objective was to determine if using cover/companion crops and/or applying low-solids liquid dairy manure could improve physical, chemical, and biological soil properties and overall soil quality. ...

  • Nitrogen supply for cover crops and effects on peanut grown in succession under a no-till system

    In Brazil, as no-till (NT) crop management expands, there is an increased interest in growing peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) with this system. However, it is not known if the preceding cover crop species, the amount of straw on the soil surface, or the N supplied to the cover crop will affect peanut grown in a NT system. An experiment was conducted on a Typic Haplorthox in Botucatu, São Paulo ...

  • Water use efficiency and productivity of habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) based on two transplanting dates

    Habanero pepper production was assessed with drip irrigation and plastic mulch, based on two transplanting dates. The objectives of the study were: (i) to evaluate the effect of two transplanting dates and the use of plastic mulch on water productivity and habanero pepper fruit yield under drip irrigation conditions; and (ii) to determine the profitability and economic viability of the product ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effectiveness and efficacy of conservation options after potato harvest

    Soil erosion and phosphorus (P) runoff can be severe in potato production systems in the Northeast USA, which are characterized by intensive tillage, minimal ground cover, low crop residue return, and steep slopes. We used rainfall simulators in the greenhouse and field to assess sediment and P movement associated with two conservation practices: straw mulching and application of polyacrylamide ...

  • Disposal Company Expands Composting Operations

    Since 1997, Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. (TDS) - an independently owned solid waste company located near Austin, Texas - has operated a composting division, Texas Organic Products (TOP). In our previous BioCycle report ( -Composting Is Alive and Well In Central Texas, - October, 1997), we described how TOP evolved after starting an initial grinding and static pile composting operation at our ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Editorial - Slam Dunks For Compost

    ISSUE deadlines dictate life in our office. This time around, I just couldn’t stop myself from learning more about the subject matter of the article I was writing. As a result, the entire issue was prepared, and there were three pages left for one of the most exciting articles I have worked on — converting brownfields and vacant lots into highly productive farms and gardens in neighborhoods that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Expanding Markets with Bagged Products

    Untitled Document When evaluating a move into bagging compost, mulch and blends, production volumes, distribution markets, automation and diversity of bag sizes all need to be ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Hairy Vetch management for no-till organic corn production

    Rolling-crimping to control hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) may make organic no-till corn (Zea mays L.) possible. This study investigated how rolling-crimping date and growth stage of the cover crop affected hairy vetch control and if a rolled-crimped hairy vetch cover crop could supply weed control for no-till corn. Hairy vetch was planted in late August and was rolled and crimped and planted ...

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