International Sugar Journal

Weed management package for poor resource sugarcane growers in Nigeria [Full subscriber]

In field trials in 2008-09 at sugarcanethe National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, Nigeria, impact of mulching with cover crops or intercropping sugarcane was assessed to elicitsugarcane alternative cultural ways of reducing the weeding frequency in cane fields managed by resource poor growers. . Cane plots covered or mulched with sugarcane trash had a significantly lower weed cover score than other treatments. This resulted in better sugarcane growth and higher cane yield (t/ha) than the sugarcane intercropped with cover crops namely melon (local variety), macuna and cowpeas(Ife brown). The control, neither intercropped nor mulched, hadthe poorest weed control and lowest…

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