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dc.contributorScopel, Ericen_US
dc.contributorAffholder, Francoisen_US
dc.contributorMacena da Silva, Fernandoen_US
dc.contributorWery, Jacquesen_US
dc.contributorCorbeels, Marcen_US
dc.creatorBalde, Alphaen_US
dc.identifier.citationAlpha Balde, Eric Scopel, Francois Affholder, Fernando Macena da Silva, Jacques Wery, Marc Corbeels. (17/7/2020). Maize relay intercropping with fodder crops for small-scale farmers in central Brazil. Experimental Agriculture, 56 (4), pp. 561-573.en_US
dc.description.abstractRelay intercropping of maize with fodder crops is a promising option for sustainable intensification of dairy small-scale farms in the Cerrado of Brazil. Twenty-six intercropping trials were conducted on farmers’ fields with the following experimental treatments: sole maize crop cropping (MS), maize- Brachiaria intercropping (MB) and maize-pigeon pea intercropping (MP). The trials were managed by the farmers, i.e. choice of conventional tillage (CT) versus no-tillage (NT), sowing dates, fertilization and weed control. Maize grain yield varied strongly across the farmer fields, from 100 to 5900 kg ha−1 in the MS treatment, 500 to 6900 kg ha−1 in MP and 300 to 5500 kg ha−1 in MB. Intercropping did not significantly affect maize grain yields under NT, but yields were reduced under CT in one out of two seasons. Maize yields in the intercropped systems were also higher under NT than CT. Total biomass productivity was significantly higher in the maize-fodder than in the sole maize system. An increased interval between sowing of maize and fodder crop significantly reduced the fodder crop biomass. Relay intercropping, especially in combination with NT, is a promising option if crop calendars and fertilization are properly managed by farmers to reduce interspecific competition between the maize and fodder cropen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP): STM Journals - No Cambridge Openen_US
dc.rightsAll right reserveden_US
dc.sourceExperimental Agriculture;56,(2020) Pagination 561,573en_US
dc.subjectmaize cropen_US
dc.subjectsmall-scale farmsen_US
dc.subjectfodder cropen_US
dc.titleMaize relay intercropping with fodder crops for small-scale farmers in central Brazilen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idWery, Jacques: 0000-0003-0014-4541en_US
cg.creator.idCorbeels, Marc: 0000-0002-8084-9287en_US
cg.contributor.centerInstitut Senegalais de la Recherche Agricole - ISRAen_US
cg.contributor.centerMinistère de l'Agriculture et de l'Équipement rural, La Société de Développement Agricole et Industriel du Sénégal - MAER - SODAGRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe French Agricultural Research Center for International Development - CIRADen_US
cg.contributor.centerEmpresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária - EMBRAPAen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - CIMMYTen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Maize - MAIZEen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouth Americaen_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US

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