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The theoretical basis of inter-cropping, mixed-cropping and under-cropping and its practical significance.

The theoretical basis of inter-cropping, mixed-cropping and under-cropping and its practical significance.

Chinese J. agric. Sci, 9, 19-24

Advantages of mixed cropping given include: (a) an increase in the foliage area per unit of land area by mixing shade-tolerant crops, e.g. soyabean, potato, with photophilous ones e.g. maize; (b) an extension of the photosynthetic period by undersowing cotton or maize between wide-spaced rows of a crop with a late growing period in the spring e.g. winter wheat; (c) an improvement in the utilization of soil nutrients; (d) a benefit from the nutritive effect of root excretions, e.g. the excretions from pea or lupin radicles promote the release to the plants of P from the soil. Problems of mechanization are mentioned. From Sci. Abstr. China, Biol Sci. 1963, No. 5, Abs.

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