Studies on Intercropping with Leguminous and Non-leguminous Crops on Yield, Leaf Nutrient Status and Relative Economic Yield of Apple cv. Red Delicious  

Rifat Bhat , W.M. Wani , M.K. Sharma , Naira Ashraf
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, 19002
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International Journal of Horticulture, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2014.04.0005
Received: 20 Feb., 2014    Accepted: 13 Mar., 2014    Published: 24 Mar., 2014
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Bhat et al., 2014, Studies on Intercropping with Leguminous and Non-leguminous Crops on Yield, Leaf Nutrient Status and Relative Economic Yield of Apple cv. Red Delicious, International Journal of Horticulture, 2014, Vol.4, No.5 20-23 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2014.04.0005)

Abstract

Effect of intercrops viz., maize, pea, strawberry, cabbage, red clover, french bean, oats and clean cultivation (control) on productivity, quality, leaf nutrient status and relative economic yield of apple cv. Red Delicious was studied during the years 2008 and 2009 Flowering, per cent fruit set, and fruit maturity occurred earlier in apple trees intercropped with pea, red clover and french bean than control and heavy feeder crops like maize, oats, strawberry and cabbage. Fruit yield, fruit weight, fruit volume and leaf nutrient status were found to be highest in trees intercropped with leguminous crops than non-legumes. The relative economic yield of apple was found higher with pea followed by cabbage and french bean.

Keywords
Apple; Intercrops; Yield; Economics; Leaf nutrient status; Red Delicious
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