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International Journal of Botany
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 100 - 106

Compatibility, Growth and Production Potentials of Mustard/Lentil Intercrops

M.M. Rahman, M.A. Awal, A. Amin and M.R. Parvej    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to analyse the interspecies compatibility and production potentials of mustard and lentil in intercrop association. The experiment comprised four planting systems viz., sole mustard, sole lentil, single row (1:1 i.e., one row of mustard followed by one row of lentil) and double row (1:2 i.e., one row of mustard followed by two rows of lentil) intercropping. The stands height and number of branches (primary and secondary) per plant were maximum and minimum in sole and single row intercropped plants, respectively. Higher leaf area index and total dry matter production was observed in sole cropped mustard or lentil while those were lower in 1:2 intercropped mustard or 1:1 intercropped lentil plants. Maximum seed yield, 1.26 t ha-1 (or 1.30 t ha-1) was harvested from sole crop of mustard (or lentil) which was about 40 and 48% (or 34 and 12%) higher than that of the mustard (or lentil) yield obtained from single and double row intercrop mixtures, respectively. Combined seed yield from double row mixture was the maximum (1.8 t ha-1) and was respectively 11, 30 or 28% higher than that obtained from single row intercropped stands, sole mustard or lentil. Single and double row intercropping systems respectively resulted 25 or 41% increase in land equivalent ratios. Area time equivalency ratio was also increased by about 14 and 31%, respectively for single and double row intercropping systems. The competitive ratio of each population is approached to be unity in both intercropping systems reflecting the proper balance of the natural resources between associated species resulted better yield. The results suggest that mustard and lentil populations are well compatible in intercrop association and 1:2 row ratio mixture would be better for their profitable production.

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