Is there scientific research proving that Mighty Mustard® really works?
Yes. The University of Idaho has conducted extensive research, found here: http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/brassica/
Effectiveness of Mighty Mustard® Kodiak and several other cover crops
SOURCE: Practical Farmers of Iowa:
Guide to planting brassicas and mustards as cover crops
SOURCE: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education and USDA
Cover Crops for High-Desert Farming Systems in Idaho
SOURCE: University of Idaho Extension
Growing Mustard as a Biofumigant Cover Crop
SOURCE: University of Massachusetts Extension
Mustards: A Brassica Cover Crop for Michigan
SOURCE: University of Michigan
Cover Crops can Improve Potato Tuber Yield and Quality
SOURCE: The American Society for Horticultural Science
Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers: Fall Mustard
SOURCE: Cornell University
Brassicas and Mustards for Cover Cropping in Organic Farming
Controlling Soil Disease in Giant Pumpkins (Scroll to “test results” links on page.)
SOURCE: Wallace Organic Wonder
Other university research includes:
Washington State University
For general information about the effectiveness of mustard green manures, please visit the Washington State University web page:
Monoculture vs. Polyculture: “Straight up” beats “cocktails” for cover crop productivity & ecosystem services - 2 part article by Dr. Andy McGuire of Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University
Kentucky State University
Results from real farms
From organic gardens in the Northwest, to a Biodynamic farm in Minnesota and organic high tunnels in Kentucky, growers are finding great success with Mighty Mustard®. Read experienced growers’ Success Stories.
Searching for answers
Understanding Mighty Mustard’s® full potential as a biofumigant is an ongoing process. As one university researcher shared with us, “There’s a lot that we still don’t know.”
The nature of science
Researchers from around the country have conducted studies focused on Mighty Mustard’s® various biofumigation properties. While the mustards were effective in lab studies, some researchers weren’t able to duplicate the results in the field. For example, researchers at Kentucky State University and the University of California successfully reduced sclerotinia using isolated concentrations of IdaGold and Pacific Gold’s glucosinolates in lab experiments, but were unable to duplicate the results with Mighty Mustard® cover crops grown in outdoor test plots. Why? Researchers believe the concentrations of glucosinolates in the lab tests were far higher than those typically found in an average Mighty Mustard® cover crop.
Are you a researcher?
If you would like to incorporate Mighty Mustard® into your research project, please call Kim Davidson at (509) 487-0755 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Replenish your soil"
"I am a great advocate for crop rotation and the importance of replenishing the soil with cover crops whenever possible."
"Mustard is an excellent cover crop/green manure because it is a fast germinating seed."
- Diane Green, Greentree Naturals