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Ever wonder why farmers use black plastic in their fields? We explain here!
Plastic mulch is a product used in a similar way to conventional mulch, to suppress weeds and conserve water in crop production.
Seeds benefit from this method because you can plant earlier in the season. The plastic creates a humidity chamber and helps speed along the germination process.
Under the plastic, drip tape is laid in the center of the raised bed to irrigate the crop. The raised beds helps with irrigation by preventing the seedling's roots from sitting in water.
Because plastic mulching acts as a greenhouse for the soil it generates higher yields and more production.
Weed control is another benefit of plastic mulching, more moisture and nutrients go to the crop, as well as saving time in field maintenance.
After the plastic mulch is laid we use a plastic transplanter. This piece of equipment cuts through plastic into the raised bed and creates a plug for the seeds or seedlings.
It has a center wheel with spikes that can be adjusted for different spaced plugs. It also has a hose that can deliver water and or fertilizer before the plant goes into the plug.
When planting, one person drives the tractor, one person drops the seed or seedling into the plug and the other covers.
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