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Plastic mulches can provide vegetable growers with earlier crop maturity, increased yields and quality, improved disease, insect and weed control, and more efficient fertilizer and water use. However, standard polyethylene mulches must be removed and disposed of at the end of each season, which is a dirty and costly undertaking. One solution to this problem has been the development of degradable mulches that can be left in the field after harvest to disintegrate and be incorporated into thedoi:10.31274/farmprogressreports-180814-1039 fatcat:5c5bfryd7vhulkh67q2nsqvl5m