Cover Crop Nematode Suppression

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1994: $3,300.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1995
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Emil Ronchi
Cradle Valley Farms


  • Fruits: general small fruits


  • Pest Management: general pest management

    Proposal summary:

    Nematodes, especially root lesion nematodes and dagger nematodes, pose a serious threat to the success of strawberry and raspberry plantings. The current practice to deal with this problem is chemically intensive fumigation prior to planting recent research indicates that a cover crop of marigolds and/or sudan grass of certain cultivators can suppress nematode populations as effectively as chemical fumigation. We want to use such cover crops on our intended 1995 planting sites in lieu of fumigation.

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