Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Beyond Black Plastic
Cover crops and no-till for organic vegetable production
While the use of black plastic is allowed within organic agriculture, it is inherently unsustainable as it is a petroleum-based product and difficult to recycle.
Every acre of land farmed using a black plastic system produces 100-120 lb of waste that typically goes to landfills.
This 24-page guide looks beyond plasticulture and evaluates the effects of different mulch systems on soil quality and fertility, weed control, yields and waste production, and profitability for small to mid-size vegetable farms.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNE10-295, Reducing plastic mulch use by expanding adoption of cover-crop-based no-till systems for vegetable producers.
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These products were developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within these products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.