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Improving and Testing Methods of Securing Row Cover for Organic Cucurbit Production
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting 1801263.(doi:10.13031/aim.201801263)
Authors: Jennifer M Widmer, H. Mark Hanna, Brian L. Steward, Kurt A. Rosentrater
Keywords: Disease, horticulture, insects, perimeter, squash, structure
The perimeter experiment indicated that sandbags at 5-ft intervals was the least effective and burying the cover edges was the most effective method with 79% confidence in statistical difference (Pr > F of .21) at flowering and 75% confidence (Pr > F of .25) over 15 weeks of entire trial. While each method provided different levels of protection, most treatments kept beetle populations under integrated pest management thresholds. The anchoring trial showed that both burying and rock bags were very effective and indicated promising results for PVC clips. In the structure trial, conduit hoops did not damage the material or allow it to sag.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)