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MECHANISED MINIMUM SOIL DISTURBANCE ESTABLISHMENT AND YIELD OF DIVERSE CROPS IN PADDY FIELDS USING A TWO-WHEEL TRACTOR-MOUNTED PLANTER SUITABLE FOR SMALLHOLDER CROPPING

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2017

R. W. BELL
Affiliation:
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
M. E. HAQUE
Affiliation:
Murdoch University and Conservation Agriculture Project, 2nd Floor, House 4/C, Road 7B Sector 9, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
C. JOHANSEN
Affiliation:
Consultant, 15 Westgate Court, Leeming, WA 6149, Australia
W. VANCE
Affiliation:
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
M. E. KABIR
Affiliation:
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia Agrotechnology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh
M. A. MUSA
Affiliation:
PROVA, Upashahar, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
M. N. N. MIA
Affiliation:
Murdoch University and Conservation Agriculture Project, 2nd Floor, House 4/C, Road 7B Sector 9, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
M. G. NEOGI
Affiliation:
RDRS, Jail Road, Rangpur, Bangladesh
M. A. ISLAM
Affiliation:
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia Pulse Research Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Ishurdi, Pabna, Bangladesh
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Shortages of hired labour are leading to greater interest in mechanisation for crop establishment in smallholder agriculture. Due to small field sizes, mechanised planters mounted on four-wheel tractors are not a suitable technology. The Versatile Multi-crop Planter (VMP) was developed for zero tillage (ZT), strip planting (SP) or single pass shallow tillage (SPST) on flat land and for forming and planting on tops of beds, each in a single pass operation, when mounted on a two-wheel tractor (2WT). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the field performance of the VMP in comparison to conventional broadcast seeding and full rotary tillage (2 to 4 passes; called CT) for establishing chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), jute (Corchorus olitorius L.), lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus), maize (Zea mays L.), mung bean (Vigna radiata L. R. Wilczek), rice (Oryza sativa L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in 15 locations of Bangladesh. Plant populations emerging from all single pass operations viz. SP, ZT, and bed planting (BP) were generally satisfactory and in 12 out of 15 experiments plant populations after SP were similar to or greater than after CT. In addition, SP gave comparable or greater plant populations than SPST and BP planting methods. Overall, the SP planting achieved comparable yields and lower costs of establishment than CT. We conclude that effective and reliable planters are now available for sowing a range of crop species on small fields with minimum soil disturbance. This opens up realistic options for the development of mechanised conservation agriculture suited to small field sizes.

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