The importance of differences in maturity periods and stature in sorghum/finger millet intercrops

Charles K. Ssekabembe

Abstract


A study showed that combinations of appropriate cultivars of sorghum and finger millet could give yield advantages of up to 40%. The tall sorghum cv. Namateera of long maturity gave no yield advantage with millet cv. Serere 1 but did so with cv. Engenyi, an early maturing millet. SB 65, a short and early maturity sorghum, gave higher yield advantage when combined with WC 30, a long maturity millet. Combinations of the cereals that differ widely in maturation time gave higher yield advantages. The taller sorghum cultivars reduced millet yield in mixtures.

Keywords


Sorghum/millet intercrops; Maturity period; Land equivalent ratio; Uganda

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