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Articles by Jamal Talib
Total Records ( 4 ) for Jamal Talib
  Mohamadu Boyie Jalloh , Wan Sulaiman Wan Harun , Jamal Talib , Mohd Fauzi Ramlan , Rajan Amartalingam , Christopher Teh Boon Sung and Osumanu Haruna Ahmed
  Abstract: Problem statement: Intercropping has been shown to have many advantages but it is fallacious to conclude it is always a better cropping system. Little is known about a new double-hedgerow intercropping of rubber, banana and pineapple in relation to its effects on growth and yield of the component crops when compared to their monocrops. Simulation modeling offers a cheaper and faster alternative to explore cropping scenarios and estimate their productivity under a wide range of management and environmental conditions. This simulation study was therefore undertaken to evaluate the growth and yield of immature rubber, banana and pineapple intercrop and monocrop scenarios with the aid of an intercrop simulation model named SURHIS, as well as estimating the intercropping advantage. Approach: A FORTRAN computer model (SURHIS) that simulated the daily light interception and utilization by immature-rubber, banana and pineapple intercropping system was used to simulate intercrop and monocrop scenarios to estimate potential Dry Matter Yield (DMY) for all crops as well as fruit yields for banana and pineapple. The results of the model were tested for accuracy by comparing actual field experimental results with the aid of Mean Deviation (MD) and Mean Absolute Error (MAE) statistical analyses. Intercropping advantage was assessed using the Land Equivalent Ratio (LER) analysis. Results: The model was representative or predicted DMY of the crops with sufficient accuracy. The LER analysis showed that the intercropping system had a dry matter yield productivity advantage of 81% more than monocrops of the component crops. The results also showed that the higher the Plant Population Density (PPD), the greater is the dry matter yield. It was also shown that banana and pineapple had no deleterious effect on the growth of rubber. Fruit weight per plant of banana and pineapple was reduced with increase in PPD for the monocrops. Measured average fresh fruit bunch weight for banana was 18 kg plant-1 and the average fresh fruit weight per plant for pineapple was 2.1 kg for the intercropping system. Conclusion: Intercropping of banana and pineapple with immature-rubber is more productive than the component crops grown as monocrops in their respective optimum plant population densities per hectare. The model can be useful for predicting potential productivity, with sufficient accuracy, of the afore-mentioned intercropping system under varying plant density and environment scenarios as well as acting as a guide for plant density experimentation.
  Zuraidah Yahya , Aminuddin Husin , Jamal Talib , Jamarei Othman , Osumanu Haruna Ahmed and Mohamadu Boyie Jalloh
  Problem statement: The impacts of soil compaction on crop yields have been studied extensively by soil scientists due to declining soil productivity associated with mechanisation. However, a relationship between machine-induced soil compaction and oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) yield is unclear. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to determine the effects of mechanization on soil physical properties and the influence on oil palm yield. Approach: The palms were planted in Bernam series soil which is clay textured. Compaction treatments were imposed for 6 consecutive years. Comparisons were made between the effects of soil compaction caused by different trailer weights and monthly transportation frequency. Results: The results showed a beneficial effect of soil compaction on the oil palm yield. It significantly increased the yield with increased mean soil bulk density. The transportation frequency played a greater role than the trailer weight. After six years of soil compaction, there was a positive relationship between mean soil bulk density, porosity and oil palm yield. Conclusion: Thus compaction may not often be a problem.
  Zuraidah Yahya , Aminuddin Husin , Jamal Talib , Jamarei Othman , Osumanu Haruna Ahmed and Mohamadu Boyie Jalloh
  Problem statement: Introduction of mechanisation in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantations could result in soil compaction and cause soil degradation. This could be a serious problem in the future due to increase in size, weight and transportation frequency of machines used. Objectives: This trial was carried out to evaluate the effect of different trailer weights and transportation frequencies on the soil physical properties of Bernam series soil. Approach: The treatments were a combination of three trailer weights and four transportation frequencies. At the end of 6 years of the experiment, soil samples were taken for soil physical properties characterisation at 0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 cm depths. Results: After six years of soil compaction treatments, the results showed that the mean soil bulk density increased and the porosity decreased annually. However, the mean soil bulk density was still less than 1.0 g cm-3. The mean soil bulk density decreased with increasing soil depth, but porosity and available water increased with soil depth. The 3 rounds per month transportation frequency for all trailer weights and 2 rounds per month for the 4 tonnes trailer weight significantly affected the soil physical properties. Conclusion: Generally, the results indicated that the 6 years of compaction treatments did not cause serious soil compaction that could alter the soil physical properties for this particular soil type.
  Zuraidah Yahya , Aminuddin Husin , Jamal Talib , Jamarei Othman , Osumanu H. Ahmed and Mohamadu B. Jalloh
  Problem statement: Field practices involving the use of mechanization in oil palm plantations could result in soil compaction which alters the soil physical properties. The gradual deterioration of soil physical conditions could restrict the growth and function of roots. This study was carried out to evaluate the response of oil palm roots to changes in soil physical properties due to mechanization in Bernam series soil belonging to the clay texture class.Approach: Compaction treatments were imposed for 6 consecutive years and a comparison was done on the effects of different trailer weights on oil palm roots growth. Roots and soil were sampled using root and soil augers at 0-30 cm depth from the harvesting and frond pile paths. Results: The results showed that the oil palm roots were affected by the mechanization treatments. Growth of oil palm roots was significantly affected by the 4T trailer weight. Palms in compacted soil produced less primary and secondary roots but this was compensated for by the production of longer and thicker tertiary and quaternary roots. Conclusion: The compaction treatments affect the soil physical properties, which in turn affect the growth and distribution of oil palm roots.
 
 
 
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