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Title: Bi-cropping of winter wheat and white clover.
Authors: Burke, J.I.
Thomas, T.M.
Finnan, John.
Keywords: WInter wheat
White clover
bi-cropping
production systems
biomass
grain yield
biological diversity.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-1998
Publisher: Teagasc
Citation: Burke, J.I., Thomas, T.M., Finnan, J.M., Bi-cropping of winter wheat and white clover, End of Project Reports, Tegasc, 1998.
Series/Report no.: End of Project Reports;
Abstract: Growing cereals in a leguminous living mulch (bi-cropping) could potentially reduce the need for synthetic inputs to cereal production while preventing losses of nutrients and increasing soil biological activity. The objective of this project was to investigate how bi-cropping (a low input production system for cereals) would compare with conventional winter wheat production systems in terms of total biomass, grain yield and biological diversity. This study has resulted in valuable information on bi-cropping being generated as well as identifying the potential benefits that can be expected under Irish conditions. While the results indicate that winter wheat can be successfully established in an understorey of white clover if sown early in good conditions, competition from grass weed species represents a serious impediment to successful bi-cropping in the longer term. Consequently further research is needed before such a system can be presented to the agricultural community.
Description: End of Project Report
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/1482
ISBN: 1901138690
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