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Plastic and petroleum mulches for cotton as affected by soil type and location

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V. Q. Hale, Department of Agronomy
J. R. Stockton, Department of Irrigation, University of California
L. Dickens, Department of Irrigation, University of California

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California Agriculture 18(8):10-12.

Published August 01, 1964

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The effectiveness of plastic and petroleum mulches did not change in tests at two different locations on two different soil types in San Joaquin Valley cotton fields. Higher soil temperatures generated by all of the mulch test treatments resulted in earlier cotton germination and faster development, but ultimate plant sizes were the same. The mulches did not affect cotton quality, but shifted a greater percentage of the yield into the first picking. Although yield increases alone may not return the cost of treatment, reductions in hand labor made possible through precision planting as part of the mulching operation offer some compensation.

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Film and equipment were provided by Spencer Chemical Company, Kansas City, Missouri. Humble Oil and Refining Company, Houston, Texas, provided the petroleum mulch.

Plastic and petroleum mulches for cotton as affected by soil type and location

V. Q. Hale, J. R. Stockton, L. Dickens
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Plastic and petroleum mulches for cotton as affected by soil type and location

Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article
Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article

Authors

V. Q. Hale, Department of Agronomy
J. R. Stockton, Department of Irrigation, University of California
L. Dickens, Department of Irrigation, University of California

Publication Information

California Agriculture 18(8):10-12.

Published August 01, 1964

PDF  |  Citation  |  Permissions

Author Affiliations show

Abstract

The effectiveness of plastic and petroleum mulches did not change in tests at two different locations on two different soil types in San Joaquin Valley cotton fields. Higher soil temperatures generated by all of the mulch test treatments resulted in earlier cotton germination and faster development, but ultimate plant sizes were the same. The mulches did not affect cotton quality, but shifted a greater percentage of the yield into the first picking. Although yield increases alone may not return the cost of treatment, reductions in hand labor made possible through precision planting as part of the mulching operation offer some compensation.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

Film and equipment were provided by Spencer Chemical Company, Kansas City, Missouri. Humble Oil and Refining Company, Houston, Texas, provided the petroleum mulch.


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