publication . Doctoral thesis . 2000

Developing methods of strip cropping cucumbers with rye/vetch

Ogutu, Maurice Okendo;
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  • Published: 20 Nov 2000
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
The purpose of this research carried out in 1998 and 1999 was to develop methods for strip cropping of cucumbers with rye/vetch and black plastic mulch. Effects of planting methods, weed control measures, and cover crop management techniques on pest and beneficial insects, petiole sap nitrate-nitrogen, soil moisture, yields and economic viability were assessed. Four treatments, namely cucumber direct seeded in black plastic mulch on tilled bare ground (conventional); cucumber direct seeded in black plastic mulch laid over incorporated rye/vetch residue; cucumber direct seeded into no-till rolled rye/vetch; and seedlings transplanted into no- till rolled rye/vetc...
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free text keywords: no-till, soil moisture, cover crops, economic analysis, cucumber beetles, natural enemies
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