Researchers Working Toward Biodegradable, Organic-Approved Mulch

A USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded project led by North Dakota State University and involving scientists at Montana State University, Oregon State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service is focused on developing a biodegradable mulch that’s approved for organic production. Organic growers struggle with annually removing and recycling plastic mulches, because none of the commercially available biodegradable mulches are approved for use in organic growing. This project will explore hydromulches that are made from fiber and water and spray-applied. Researchers will be testing the hydromulch in different locations and on a range of crops.