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Incorporating Caliente Mustard into the Soil

Posted Sep 29 2009 10:00pm

The Caliente Mustard sown in July has been chopped up and incorporated into the soil.

The mustard was chopped up with a flail in order to get it into very small pieces.  The more it is mashed up the better because it releases more gases.

The chopped up mustard was then incoporated into the soil with a rotovator.  It must be mixed into the soil immediatley – the sooner the better.  The greenery must be well mixed in to the soil.  There needs to be moisture present for the production of gases, so this dry weather is not ideal.

The gases produced by the caliente mustard kill soil borne pests. 

  • Branston Produce are using the mustard as a biofumigant to reduce potato eelworm populations.  Their product ’ Fumigro’ – is a hot mustard biofumigant for the control of soil borne diseases relevant to potato growers.
  • Harper Adams College are doing some research into the effect of the mustard on eelworms.

The green maure resulting from greenery of the caliente mustard  is a second benefit to the soil.

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