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Must sowing density of intercropping be half of the two sole crops density for providing good performance? (ReMIX Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Must sowing density of intercropping be half of the two sole crops density for providing good performance? (ReMIX Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Zachmann, Julian; Munz, Sebastian; Rémi, Vezy and Søren, Lund. Issuing Organisation(s): University of Hohenheim, Cirad - La recherche agronomique pour le développement, Roskilde University, IFOAM Organics Europe. ReMIX Practice abstracts, no. 4. (2020)

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Document available online at: https://www.remix-intercrops.eu/content/download/4087/38973/version/1/file/%234%20Must%20sowing%20density%20of%20intercropping%20be%20half%20of%20the%20two%20sole%20crops%20density%20for%20providing%20good%20performance.pdf


According to some given abiotic and biotic factors and general rules, farmers can create and evaluate the matching OSD for their fields.
Practical recommendations:
• OSD is influenced by different factors such as soil, vegetation period/climate conditions, choice of species and cultivars, organic vs. conventional system, weeds/pests/diseases control, technical equipment and type of intercropping.
• Proportion in yield can vary largely from sowing proportion. Total yield should be higher than the average of sole crops. In a cereal-legume-intercropping, legumes are responsible for a high protein content and cereals have a high plasticity for tillering/compensation. They suppress weeds but also tend to suppress their mixture partner. For central Europe, 80 % of sole crop sowing rate of legumes and 40 % of cereals can be used as a first start (Dierauer et al., 2017).
Practical testing/ Farmers’ experiences:
Farmers should try out the optimal mixture ratio. Start a small-scale trial with different sowing densities. Replicate more than one year.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Sowing density in intercropping depends on specific situations, factors and different combinations.
What problem does the tool address?:Optimal sowing density (OSD) depends on factors such as species and pedo-climatic conditions. Problem: difficulties in gaining experience and knowledge on OSD for intercrops.s
What solution does the tool offer?:OSD should not be set as a specific recommendation. Sowing densities to use depend on specific situations, factors and different combinations.
Country:Denmark, France, Germany
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Cropping systems, Crop production, Arable farming, Intercropping, Legumes
Agrovoc keywords:
cropping systems
arable farming
low input agriculture
crop production
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Remix
France > CIRAD - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
Germany > University of Hohenheim
Denmark > Other organizations
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727217
Related Links:https://www.remix-intercrops.eu/, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39714, https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/english, https://www.cirad.fr/, https://ruc.dk/en, https://www.organicseurope.bio, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/240689037843738, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1385567948375564292
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: De Simone, Dr. Ambra
ID Code:39714
Deposited On:21 Apr 2021 08:26
Last Modified:26 Jul 2022 18:24
Document Language:English

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