Spuds – Under Organic Mulch vs. in the Soil

Project Overview

FNE01-365
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $1,465.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Sue Cosgrove
LeeJun Farm

Commodities

  • Agronomic: potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: application rate management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Pest Management: physical control, mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Sowing, growing, and harvesting potatoes in the soil is labor intensive, and the farmer will compare conventional techniques with potatoes grown in organic mulch on top of the soil. She will compare labor, incidence of wireworm damage, and yield to both conventional and to several different organic mulches.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.