A Comparison Study on Soil Moisture and Protection of Weed using Mulch Needle Punch Nonwoven: A case study for planting of cantaloupe

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Bintasan Kwankhao
Somnuk Sungnoo
Chakkrit Charoensai


Mulching is mainly help in conserving of soil moisture and also reducing weed growth in cultivation area. Nowadays materials that are used as mulching are varied to natural materials, synthesis materials, and agricultural textile materials such as nonwoven mulching. In this study, polyester fiber is developed into mulching by needle-punched nonwoven technic with four sizes of samples including nonwoven fabric (A) size 47 g/m2 thickness 0.28 mm., nonwoven fabric (B) size 105 g/m2 thickness 0.90 mm., nonwoven fabric (C) size 155 g/m2 thickness 1.27 mm. and nonwoven fabric (D) size 210 g/m2 thickness 2.62 mm. Strength test are conducted on four samples. It is founded that sample C has the highest strength; while sample A and sample D are not capable of the test due to its thickness, too thin and too thick respectively. Moreover, all four samples are studied on cantaloupe cultivation as mulching, comparing to another three cultivations with different mulching: no mulching, plastic sheet mulching, and rice straw mulching. The results show that cultivation using sample D is well conserve of soil moisture, has less weeds, and can grow strong cantaloupe. Sizes of fruits and leaf from sample D cultivation are also good comparing to other cultivations.

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Kwankhao, B., Sungnoo, S., & Charoensai, C. . (2019). A Comparison Study on Soil Moisture and Protection of Weed using Mulch Needle Punch Nonwoven: A case study for planting of cantaloupe. Journal of Engineering, RMUTT, 17(2), 63–74. Retrieved from https://ph01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jermutt/article/view/241905
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