Series/Report Number: COARC2015

Abstract: Managing straw residue with fire is an effective tool for growers. However, as tourism thrives and drought becomes more prevalent, increased restrictions and negative publicity surround open field burning. With so many limitations on burning, both legal and weather, it is not unlikely that there will be times when burning fields to control straw residue will not be possible. Therefore, it is imperative that growers have effective and economical alternatives to burning available for straw residue management in fields. Many products are available to producers that claim to aid in residue degradation yet no research is available to validate their efficacy for straw residue management. This project will evaluate straw residue management alternatives in comparison with burning to determine whether these microbial products or other management practices are suitable replacements for burning straw residue.