The effect of timing of earthing up on the performance of four Bambara groundnut landrace cultivars in the Mutasa District of Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe

An experiment was carried out at two sites to investigate the effect of timing of earthing up on the yield of four landrace cultivars of Bambara groundut (Vigna subterranean [L.] Verdc.) cultivars in Zimbabwe during the 2006/2007 season. The two sites were Africa University in Mutare and the Farmers’ Development Trust Farm. Earthing up at 30 and 60 days after planting significantly increased yield (P<0.001) over the control where no earthing up was done. A delay in earthing up from 60 to 90 days after planting resulted in a decrease in yield. It is recommended that Bambara groundnut be earthed up between 30 and 60 days after planting in order to achieve maximum seed yield.
Une expérience a été menée sur deux sites pour étudier l’effet de calendrier de mise à la terre sur le rendement de quatre cultivars Landrace sur les cultivars d’arachides de Bambara (Vigna subterranean [L.] Verdc.) au Zimbabwe au cours de la saison 2006/2007. Les deux sites ont été l’Université Africa de Mutare et ½Farmers’ Development Trust Farm ½. Le buttage à 30 et 60 jours après la plantation a augmenté de manière significative (P <0,001) le rendement sous le contrôle, là où l’absence de mise à la terre a été faite. Un retard dans la mise à la terre de 60 à 90 jours après la plantation a entraîné une diminution du rendement. Il est recommandé que les arachides de Bambara soient mises à la terre entre 30 et 60 jours après la plantation afin d’obtenir un rendement maximum de graines.
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