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close this bookAbstracts on Sustainable Agriculture (GTZ; 1992; 423 pages)
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View the document1. Green manure crops in irrigated and rainfed lowland rice-based cropping systems in south Asia.
View the document2. Comparative evaluation of some inter-cropping systems in the humid tropics of southern nigeria.
View the document3. Intercropping improves land-use efficiency.
View the document4. A new maize modernizes savanna farming.
View the document5. Analysis of the environmental component of genotype x environment interaction in crop adaptation evaluation.
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View the document8. The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics.
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View the document10. Flood-tolerant crops for low-input sustainable agriculture in the everglades agricultural area.
View the document11. The physiology of tropical production.
View the document12. Achieving sustainability in cropping systems: the labour requirements of a mulch rotation system in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
View the document13. Grain yield responses in rice to eight tropical green manures.
View the document14. Utilization efficiency of applied nitrogen as related to yield advantage in maize/mungbean intercropping.
View the document15. Effects of two underseed species, medicago polymorpha l. And scorpiurus muricatus l.,on the yield of main crop (durum wheat) and subsequent crop (teff) under humid moisture regimes in Ethiopia.
View the document16. Characterization and environment-management relationships in beans and sorghum intercropped with maize in honduras. (caracterizacion y relaciones ambiente-manejo en sistemas de frijol y sorgo asociados con maiz en Honduras.)
View the document17. Production potential of pigeonpea/pearl millet intercropping system in rainfed diara (floodprone) areas of eastern uttar pradesh, India.
View the document18. Effect of mixed cropping lentil with barley at different seeding rates.
View the document19. Yield performance and complementarity in mixtures of bread wheat (triticum aestivum l.) And pea (pisum sativum l.).
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View the document21. Effect of nitrogen on pigeonpea (cajanus cajan) and rice (oryza sativa) intercropping system.
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View the document23. Effect of row arrangement on yield and yield advantages in sorghum/finger millet intercrops.
View the document24. Yield, economics and nutrient balance in cropping systems based on rice (oriza sativa).
View the document25. Mechanisms for overyielding in a sunflower/mustard intercrop.
View the document26. Agronomic modification of competition between cassava and pigeonpea in intercropping.
View the document27. Production and economic evaluation of white guinea yam (dioscorea rotundata) minisetts under ridge and bed production systems in a tropical guinea savanna location, Nigeria.
View the document28. Evaluation of intercropping cassava/corn/beans (phaseolus vulgaris l.) In northeast Brazil.
View the document29. Intercropping of sweet potato and legumes.
View the document30. Cassava in shifting cultivation. - a system approach to agricultural technology development in Africa.-
View the document31. Economic returns from yam/maize intercrops with various stake densities in a high-rainfall area.
View the document32. Performance of three centrosema spp. And pueraria phaseoloides in grazed associations with andropogon gayanus in the eastern plains of Colombia.
View the document33. Barley, lentil, and flax yield under different intercropping systems.
View the document34. Biological potential and economic feasibility of intercropping oilseeds and pulses with safflower (carthamus tinctorius) in drylands.
View the document35. Screening of different tropical legumes in monoculture and in association with cassava for adaption to acid infertile and high al-content soil.
View the document36. Intercropping studies in peanut (arachis hypogaea l.).
View the document37. Intercropping of rainfed groundnut (arachis hypogaea) with annual oilseed crops under different planting patterns.
View the document38. Resource use and plant interactions in a rice-mungbean intercrop.
View the document39. Cassava/legume intercropping with contrasting cassava cultivars. Part I
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15. Effects of two underseed species, medicago polymorpha l. And scorpiurus muricatus l.,on the yield of main crop (durum wheat) and subsequent crop (teff) under humid moisture regimes in Ethiopia.

J. Agronomy & Crop Science, 168, 1992, pp. 249-254

The objective of the study was to record quantitative effects of two underseed species - Medicago polymorpha L. and Scorpiurus muricatus L. - on the shoot and grain dry matter of main crop (competitive effects) and succesive crop (residual effects). Both species are abundant annual leguminous weeds in the Ethiopian highlands.

Depending on the site factors, agronomic and technical measures at hand, mixed cropping systems may serve widely differing purposes: In vast areas of the Ethiopian highlands (>1500 mm NN) which are mainly characterized by semipermanent cropping systems they could especially contribute to erosion control and to restoration or stabilization of soil fertility.

The highlands are exposed to a considerable population density and its continuous increase leads to declining proportions of pasture fallows and to the cultivation of steep slopes which in turn drastically increases the risk of soil erosion.

Apart from a lowering of soil erosion risks and a preservation of the soil's N- and C-pool leguminous underseed species are suggested to increase water permeability due to an improved soil structure.

Two successive greenhouse trials have been carried out in two factorial designs with three replications.

The leguminous weed species which are widely distributed in annual crops of the Ethiopian highlands have been studied with varying coverage with regard to their suitability as underseeds and with wheat (Triticum turgidum [L.] Thell. var. durum [Desf.] MacKey) as a main crop. The competitive effects of Scorpiurus muricatus L. on the grain yield of wheat were smaller than those of Medicago polymorpha L. (-14.1% and -23.6% respectively, compared with the underseed free control) which is mainly ascribed to differences in their speed of development and shoot height. The residual effects of the underseed's root masses on the grain yield of the successive teff crop (Eragrostis tef [Zucc.] Trotter) were significantly higher with Scorpiurus muricatus (+99.3%) than with

Medicago polymorpha (+63.6%).

Leguminous underseed species adapted to the above described environments should be able to perform in waterlogged sites. This could possibly also have some ameliorative effects, if the combination of main crop with underseed species leads to an increased evapotranspiration rate compared with single crop cultivation and if it improves soil aeration through increased soil organic matter content.

Per se S. muricatus fits better as an underseed partner than M. polymorpha, due to its lower competitive power and due to its even stronger positive residual effects on the successive teff crop.

Moreover it was found out by inquiries of Ethiopian farmers that both species serve as a feed for livestock and that S. muricatus is preferably grazed on harvested fields.

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Cropping systems

Latin America, survey, Honduras, intercropping, beans, sorghum, maize, environment, management practices, on-farm research, rainfall, temperature, soils, planting, cultivars, CATIE


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