The effect of managing improved fallows of Mucuna pruriens on maize production and soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in sub-humid Zimbabwe

A.M. Whitbread, O. Jiri, B. Maasdorp

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Abstract

Mucuna pruriens has emerged as a successful forage or green manure legume for use in the smallholder animal-livestock systems of Zimbabwe. The efficiency of N recovery from mucuna residues in subsequent maize crops can be low and the loss of nitrate nitrogen from the soil profile prior to maize N demand is proposed as a reason for this. An experiment was established in the 1999-2000 wet season at seven on-farm sites in a communal farming district of Zimbabwe (average rainfall 650-900 mm) on acidic (pH
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
JournalNutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • rice cropping systems
  • mineral n dynamics
  • west-africa
  • northeast thailand
  • organic-matter
  • savanna zone
  • leaf litters
  • lowland rice
  • sandy soil
  • management

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