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Field crops and variety comparison between Imperial Valley, California and Kufra Oasis, Libya*

  • G. F. Worker (a1)

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A study was conducted to compare field crops and varieties grown at the Kufra Agricultural Project, Libya, and the Imperial Valley Field Station, El Centro, California. Lucerne (Medicago sativa L.), barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), wheat (Triticum octivum L.), sudangrass (Sorghum bicolor Moench) were grown at both locations in 1969–70.

Yield studies at Kufra, Libya, and the Imperial Valley Field Station indicated that the crop performances were equally well adapted at both locations. Lucerne yields were higher at Kufra, which may have been due to more moderate temperatures and less salt in soil and water at Kufra. Low yields in some of the other crops at Kufra such as wheat may be due to inexperience and inadequate fertilizers. Newly developed varieties for Imperial Valley should be adapted to the Kufra area.

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Worker, G. F., Ayers, R. S., Karah, M. A. & Thomason, R. E. (1973). Effect of dense, stratified sandy soil on crop roots. The Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge 81, 513–16.
Worker, G. F. (19721973). Imperial Valley Annual Report.

Field crops and variety comparison between Imperial Valley, California and Kufra Oasis, Libya*

  • G. F. Worker (a1)

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