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Title: Effects of Mulching and Intercropping on Upland Taro 
Author: de la Pena, Ramon S.; Melchor, Florendo M.
Date: 1993-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: de la Pena RS, Melchor FM. 1993. Effects of mulching and intercropping on upland taro. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 46-47.
Abstract: Mulching and intercropping are old and established practices used by farmers for protecting crops from adverse conditions and increasing productivity. In this study, an upland taro field was prepared using commercial recommended methods of land preparation and intercrop and mulch treatments were established. Yields at harvest showed that intercrops do not adversely affect the corm yields of upland taro, variety Bun-long. Although differences in corm yields were not statistically significant, the increased yields of taro when intercropped with legumes indicate that added benefits from intercropping with beans and peanuts could be derived through their effects on soil fertility. Mulching with natural and artificial materials is greatly beneficial to upland taro. Yields of unmulched taro even when weeds were kept under control are lower than mulched taro.
Series/Report No.: Research Extension Series
Pages/Duration: 2 pages
ISSN: 0271-9916
Keywords: Colocasia esculenta, crop yield, intercropping, mulches, taro

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