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Influence of Selected Cover Crops and Biochar on the Yield Advantage of Two Taro (Colocasia esculenta) Cultivars in Samoa

Anand, Sanjay (2018) Influence of Selected Cover Crops and Biochar on the Yield Advantage of Two Taro (Colocasia esculenta) Cultivars in Samoa. [Conference Proceedings]

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    Abstract

    On farm trials were conducted to compare dry matter yields and nutrient uptake of selected tropical cover crops and biochar application on different Samoan inceptisols. Consequent improvements in corm yield of two cultivars Samoa 1 and Samoa 2 were determined. Plant analyses showed that the N and P contents of erythrina was grossly higher than mucuna cover. Yet, Mucuna pruriens resulted in the highest nutrient buildup over the six month fallow period. Yield data suggests that mucuna with low rates of complete fertilisers can help maintain optimum taro yields under the shortened fallow durations. However, it appears that the yield responses of the taro crop to fallow treatments are site-specific.

    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Fallow, Cover crop, Nutrient uptake
    Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
    Depositing User: Sanjay Anand
    Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 14:50
    Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 14:50
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11922
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