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Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Weed Management and Soil Quality Outcomes of Non-Chemical Weed Control Tactics”, on June 8, 2018. He quantified the effect of deep mulch no-till on weed management and soil quality in small-scale organic vegetable production systems, and found improved weed control, soil quality, and yields when compared to tilled treatments.
Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer, right, with Dr. Greta Gramig

June 21, 2018

Kenneth Paul Beamer presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Weed Management and Soil Quality Outcomes of Non-Chemical Weed Control Tactics”, on June 8, 2018.

For his research, Beamer quantified the effect of deep mulch no-till on weed management and soil quality in small-scale organic vegetable production systems, and found improved weed control, soil quality and yields when compared to tilled treatments. He observed that deep mulch no-till treatments were associated with reductions in realized weed densities, weed seedbank densities, time required for weeding and higher soil nutrient and organic matter levels and other indicators of soil health. He also noted increased yield for snap pea, onion, table beet and butternut squash in deep mulch no-till treatment versus tilled treatments.

Beamer’s hometown is Earlham, Iowa, and he graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Horticulture/ Environmental studies. He says he found Dr. Greta Gramig’s research interesting and in line with his area of interest. He was involved in the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association and says it is a great place to meet fellow students.

Gramig was Beamer’s advisor and his graduate committee included Dr. Richard Horsley, Dr. Aaron Daigh, Dr. Laura Aldrich-Wolfe, and Dr. Jose Franco.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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