Increasing Gliricidia sepium and Cassia spectabilis biomass production uri icon

abstract

  • This paper examines the impact of spacing on biomass production of monocropped and mixed hedgerows of seedlings and cuttings of Gliricidia sepium and Cassia spectabilis. The impact of lime on G. sepium biomass production was also evaluated. Seedlings survived better than cuttings; and no differences were observed between seedlings in either pattern at the highest density tested. Although spacing reduced inter-and intra-specific competition, total biomass production was greatest at higher densities. Mixing hedgerow species reduced intraspecific competition within C. spectabilis, resulting in increased biomass production. Six, 8 and 12 tons of lime per hectare significantly increased fresh G. sepium biomass production at all harvest dates except the first. Extrapolated to an alley cropping system, applying 6 t/ha of lime increased fresh cumulative G. sepium biomass production by almost 39 t/ha over th no lime treatment representing more than 200 kg N/ha.

publication date

  • 1992
  • 1992