A system of crop and soil management for the wet season production of food crops on a heavy clay soil in Guyana: 2. Effect of mulching and tillage on germination, growth, nutrient uptake and yield

Authors

  • Leslie A. Simpson Department of Soil Science, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad
  • Frank A. Gumbs Department of Soil Science, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad

Keywords:

Mulching, Tillage, Germination, Growth, Nutrient uptake, Yield, Cowpeas, Maize, Heavy clay soil, Guyana

Abstract

The effects of tillage and the application of vegetative mulch to a heavy clay soil in the minor and major wet seasons were studied. Mulching in the minor wet season increased germination, growth. N and P uptake in cowpeas. Mulch applied in the major wet season decreased germination, growth and cob yield in maize, with tillage having little effect.

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Research Papers