Plasticulture

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Plasticulture is use of a lightweight plastic film or mulch to cover a seedbed, typically in combination with drip irrigation. This helps to control moisture, weeds, and soil temperature (warms the soil).

Crops grown using plasticulture have earlier spring growth, which means they go to market earlier than with conventional production. Additionally, growers have observed increased yields (in some cases double) and improved quality.

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James Peth

James Peth

James Peth, MS, MPH is a PhD student in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.