Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE05-553.
Establishment of matted row strawberries into a killed cover crop was unsuccessful. The rye mulch provided weed control for approximately 30 days which was not adequate for establishing strawberries. The use of a 7″ long spike transplanting wheel helped in planting, but was not significantly faster than hand planting.
The use of BioTelo corn based biodegradable mulch worked well in reducing weeding labor during the establishment year of the strawberries, when compared to bare ground system. The mulch decomposed at a rate that allowed a matter row to establish and was decomposed enough in the picking year so as to not interfere with harvesting. The use of biodegradable mulch has excellent potential for use in matted row strawberries production.