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Potential for cereal-based double cropping in Bale Region of Southeastern Ethiopia

Author: Tanner, D.G.
Author: Zewdu Yilma
Author: Lemma Zewdie
Author: Girmay Gebru
Year: 1994
ISSN: 2072-6589
Abstract: A double cropping trial was conducted under bimodal rainfall conditions for two years at the Sinana Research Centre in southeastern Ethiopia. Compared to the traditional farmers’ practice of fallowing land during one of the two annual cropping seasons, double cropping increased total farm grain output and net income. The best crop combination, both in agronomic and economic terms, consisted of field pea (Pisum arvense L.) grown during the first rainy season followed by bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the second season. Double cropping cereals in both seasons appeared to be the least desirable combination, although this system still outperformed the traditional fallow practice during the two years of this study. Double cropping in Sinana “woreda” district could minimize several negative aspects of the fallow systems: (1) soil erosion could be reduced by maintaining a crop vegetative cover in both cropping season; (2) the rate of expansion of cultivation onto pasture land could be reduced by intensifying production on the currently cropped areas; (3) weed control could be facilitated by rotating non-cereal crops with the second season wheat crop; and (4) human and ox labour could be utilized more efficiently in a double cropping system than in a fallow-wheat system.
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Language: English
Publisher: African Crop Science Society
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Type: Article
Country focus: Ethiopia
Region: Eastern Africa
Pages: 135-143
Issue: 2
Volume: 2
DOI: 10.4314/acsj.v2i2.54696
Keywords: Field Pea
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Country of Focus: Ethiopia
Agrovoc: BARLEY
Agrovoc: WHEAT
Journal: African Crop Science Journal

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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.
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