Effect of row arrangement on light interception and yield in sorghum-pigeonpea intercropping

Natarajan, M and Willey, R W (1985) Effect of row arrangement on light interception and yield in sorghum-pigeonpea intercropping. Journal of Agricultural Science, 104 (2). pp. 263-270. ISSN 1469-5146

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Two experiments examined the effect of improving the distribution of the pigeonpea plants in sorghum-pigeonpea intercropping by having an alternate row arrangement of the two orops (SP) instead of the two sorghum: 1 pigeonpea row arrangement (SSP) that was studied earlier. One experiment was under conditions of good moisture supply (a deep Vertisol site in the high rainfall year of 1978) but the other experienced early moisture stress and had much lower end-of-season soil moisture storage (an Alfisol site in 1979). In 1978 the proportional sorghum yield was not affected by row arrangement (86 and 85% of the sole crop yield for the SSP and SP treatments respectively). Under the drier Alfisol conditions of 1979, the proportional sorghum yield was lower, probably because of the increased competitive ability of the drought resistant pigeonpea, and it was adversely affected by the alternate row arrangement (72% for SSP and 60% for SP).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms Vibha Raju
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2011 11:10
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2011 11:10
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/4504
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021859600043902
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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