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Sorghum-pigeonpea intercropping and the effects of plant population density: 1. Growth and yield

  • M. Natarajan (a1) and R. W. Willey (a1)

An intercropping experiment is described in which three plant population densities of an early sorghum (82 days) were factorially combined with three plant population densities of a later-maturing pigeonpea (173 days) in a standard 2 sorghum:1 pigeonpea row arrangement. Sorghum growth was not affected by the presence of pigeonpea, and the farmers' primary objective of maintaining a ‘full’ sorghum yield was achieved if the density of the intercropped sorghum was equivalent to the sole crop optimum.

The spatial distribution of roots after 30 and 60 days of growth did not appear to be altered by intercropping, and roots of the two crops were found to intermingle freely.

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