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Mechanical straw mulching and reservoir tillage effects on Shepody potatoes in the Treasure Valley

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  • Shepody potatoes were grown under sprinkler irrigation on sloping ground (4.2 to 8.5 percent slope) with and without mechanically applied wheat straw, grass straw, or reservoir tillage. Mechanical furrow mulching used 1,000 lbs/ac of wheat straw or grass straw. Mulched, non-mulched, reservoir-tillage, and check plots were irrigated 12 times with solid set sprinklers. Compared with reservoir-tillage, furrow mulching increased average potato yields by 41 cwt (P=0.10).
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