Field trials to evaluate the benefits of biofumigation as part of a potato cropping system in the Northeast

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $8,079.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
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  • Agronomic: potatoes


  • Crop Production: cover crops
  • Pest Management: biological control, botanical pesticides, disease vectors, integrated pest management, prevention
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    Potato growers in the western U.S. are successfully using mustard as a biofumigant in potato-wheat rotations, but climate and soils in the Northeast and the West are very different. This study will evaluate a mustard cover crop as a biofumigant to improve potato quality while reducing pesticide requirements and improving soil tilth. The study team will try to determine the nutrient and fertilization needs of the mustard and the mustard’s overall effect on nematodes and soil pathogens. Outreach will be through presentations at local and regional meetings and articles.

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