This fillable template introduces the value using mulches to reduce water use and adapt to hotter and drier conditions and walks through the steps to carry out a research trial. The template includes a case study of producers who tested the effect of hay mulch on drip-irrigated cherry trees, with the goals of improving soil moisture and reducing water loss. It provides tips on:

  • Deciding what to test
  • Finding the best location for test plots
  • Laying out test plots
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Interpreting results

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Template (fillable) – Using Mulches to Reduce Water Use – 2021