1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Using Plastic To Grow Crops
For example, the Center recently brought in an experimental vacuum planter from Ireland to plant sweet corn under a layer of specially-formulated plastic that degrades completely over the course of the growing season. The planter has been used in Ireland to lengthen the growing season for corn. The planter punches holes in plastic to plant seeds as the plastic is unrolled.
Other research projects at the Center include walk-under portable tunnels for starting vegetable or other specialty crops in the field. The Center also studies plastic wrap for silage bales, greenhouse covers, plastic mulch, drip irrigation tape and tubing, row covers and many other ag plastics.
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