Tall fescue seed production alley cropped in a hardwood tree plantation

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Tall fescue seed production alley cropped in a hardwood tree plantation

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dc.contributor.advisor McGraw, Robert L. en
dc.contributor.author Settle, Thomas A. (Thomas Arthur) en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Missouri
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T19:09:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T19:09:46Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Fall en
dc.identifier.other SettleT-120407-T8413 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5088
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on April 3, 2008) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agronomy. en_US
dc.description.abstract Alley cropping is an agroforestry practice that utilizes the space between rows of trees to produce an alternate crop. Tall fescue demonstrates shade tolerance and may be well suited for the production of certified seed in alley-cropping systems in Missouri. The objective was to evaluate tall fescue seed production in alley cropping. Three management practices associated with grass seed production were also evaluated; row spacing, N fertilization, and post-harvest residue management. In 2004 seed yields in the alley-cropped plots were similar to the open plots; in 2005, all plots had reduced yield and the alley-cropped plots yielded significantly less than the open plots. We attribute the decrease of the second year harvest to poor soil moisture and increased competition from trees. Seed yield was closely related to the number of reproductive culms m-1 of row; however, there were no differences among treatments for seed weight and seeds culm-1. This research shows that tall fescue seed yield in an alley-cropping system can be equal to yields from pasture until competition for resources from trees has a negative influence on the crop. A producer who is interested in establishing an orchard should find that certified turf-type tall fescue is a viable crop for an alley-cropping system. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Seed technology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hedgerow intercropping en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tall fescue en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grasses -- Seeds en_US
dc.title Tall fescue seed production alley cropped in a hardwood tree plantation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Agronomy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b63028037 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 218401266 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2007 Freely available theses (MU)


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