African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6559

Table of Content: 5 October, 2017; 12(40)

October 2017

Organizational and institutional environment in wheat production chain in Mozambique

Wheat’s production chain is one of the sectors that have received a lot of attention not only by the Mozambican government, but also by its national and international partners alike. This is due to the interest of the government and its partners to raise production levels and as such, lower the need of importing these goods in the coming years. Due to efforts from Mozambican government to elevate production levels...

Author(s): Ivandro Xavier Lucas Bauaze, Dércio Edvaldo Torcida Felimone and Glauco Schultz

October 2017

Yields and forage nutritive quality of high-yielding dual purpose cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) varieties in the Sahelian low-input cropping system

Cowpea is a major food legume crop in the Sahel with tolerance to drought and to the nutrients-leached acid sandy soils of this region. However, the existing cowpea varieties grown by farmers are low yielding and pest sensitive which make them unsuitable to satisfy farmer’s needs. The objective of this study was to identify high-yielding cowpea varieties which are well adapted to the Sahelian ecosystem. Eight...

Author(s): Ibrahim Ali and Pasternak Dov

October 2017

Comparison of five different methods in estimating reference evapotranspiration in Cape Coast, Ghana

A number of methods have been developed to estimate reference crop evapotranspiration (ETo), but most of the reliable methods are complex and parameter rich models and therefore difficult to apply in data scarce regions. This study was conducted to determine suitable simple ETo methods in Cape Coast by comparing estimated ETo values of three indirect-measurement methods: Hamon, Hargreaves, Blaney Criddle; and two...

Author(s): Joshua D. Owusu-Sekyere, Edward A. Ampofo and Ofosu Asamoah

October 2017

Production systems of village chickens in the Abu-Dhabi Emirate, UAE

The study was undertaken to establish the village chicken (VC) production systems and to generate information on VC utilization, management practices, opportunities and challenges, using a survey. Only 20% of VC owners were females. The VC are raised mainly (80%) as dual purpose, eggs and meat. The average flock size is 457 layer hens, with 7:1 hens to cocks. Chickens houses were semi-closed cages (47%) partly shaded...

Author(s): Mohammad Jihad Tabbaa, and Hussein Husiny Hassanin

October 2017

Evaluation of ‘Tifton 85’ during hay production using different nitrogen fertilization rates and dehydration methods

The objective of this study was to evaluate Cynodon species ‘Tifton 85’ at different hay production phases (harvest, baling, and storage) and different (N) rates. Dehydration of the first crop was carried out in the field, while the second crop was in the shed. Dry matter and protein content increased linearly with the N rates. Dehydration in the shed was not effective for hay production, since dry matter...

Author(s): Loreno Egidio Taffarel, Eduardo Eustáquio Mesquita, Deise Dalazen Castagnara, Patricia Barcellos Costa and Paulo Sérgio Rabello de Oliveira

October 2017

Effect of lime and phosphorus fertilizer on acid soil properties and barley grain yield at Bedi in Western Ethiopia

Soil acidity associated with soil fertility problems are the main constraints hindering barley production in most highlands of Ethiopia. Field experiment was conducted to evaluate effects of lime and phosphorus (P) fertilizer application to acid soils on grain yield of barley and soil chemical properties during 2009 to 2013 cropping seasons at Bedi in Western Ethiopia. The experiment was laid out in randomized complete...

Author(s): Getachew Alemu, Temesgen Desalegn, Tolessa Debele, Ayalew Adela, Geremew Taye and Chelot Yirga

October 2017

Spatial distribution of adults and nymphs of stink bug, Edessa meditabunda (Fabricius, 1974) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) on soybean Bt and non-Bt

Knowledge of the dispersion of adults and nymphs of Edessa meditabunda in soybean model is needed to determine the control actions and thus enable proper use of strategies to avoid losses in production. This research aimed to conduct probabilistic analysis of the spatial distribution patterns of adults and nymphs of E. meditabunda in two regions in soybean Bt and non-Bt. For the evaluations, the method of cloth-to- beat...

Author(s): Paulo Rogério Beltramin da Fonseca, Marcos Gino Fernandes, Wagner Justiniano, Leonardo Hiroito Cavada, Cácia Leila Tigre Pereira Viana and João Alfredo Neto da Silva