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Growth and Yield of some Agricultural Crops under Alley Cropping with Acacia sengal (L.) Willd in Sandy Soils

Growth and Yield of some Agricultural Crops under Alley Cropping with Acacia sengal (L.) Willd in Sandy Soils

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Title: Growth and Yield of some Agricultural Crops under Alley Cropping with Acacia sengal (L.) Willd in Sandy Soils
Author: Kamal EL Din Mohamed Fadl, Mohamed
Abstract: This study was conducted in Korofan state in two sites, Nabag forest (South Kordofan) and Eldamokeya forest (North Kordofan), during the period November 1997 to October 1998 to investigate the growth performance and yield of groundnuts (Arachis hypogea), Sesame (Sesamum indicum) and millet (Pennisetum glocum) in alley cropping with Acacia senegal (L.) Willd. The experimental design adopted was Nested design with four; replications. Each block was divided into six plots; three plots represented alley cropping while the others represented sole cropping. Growth performance and crop yields were investigated and Land Equivalent Ratio was estimated. Significant differences were obtained in plant height, number of leaves, leaf area and crop yield for groundnuts in both sites and for Sesame in Nabag site and for millet in Eldamokeya site. The variations were attributed to rainfall fluctuations and to different growth habits of the crops. The inference is that alley cropping with Acacia senegal improves crop yields of field crops but the degree of increase in crop yield varies according to the nature of the crop and the variation in site and environmental parameters. Land Equivalent Ratio (L.E.R.) estimates were 1.06 - 1.42 indicating superiority of Alley cropping vs sole cropping.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/13864
Date: 2015-06-22


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