Effects of plastic film mulching on soil moisture dynamics, water loss and water use efficiency of grain maize

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  • Hyder Ali Khaskheli, Rajesh Kumar Soothar, Yaosheng Wang , Muhammad Ali Kapri, Mashooque Ali Talpur, Shakeel Ahmed Soomro and Abdul Latif Qureshi

Abstract

The field trials were carried out at Malir farm, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Pakistan during cropping season  2020 and 21 to examine the effects of various mulching strategies on evaporation rate, grain yield, economic return, and  water productivity. The experiment consisted of five treatments i.e., (1) control treatment (conventional basin cultivation  without mulch CK), (2) plastic mulching only on ridges under furrow irrigation cultivation (RPM), (3) partial plastic film  mulching (PPM), (4) full plastic film mulching (FPM) and (5) residual straw mulch (RSM). The results revealed that  plastic mulch significantly increased the soil moisture content up to 24.18 % under FPM, followed by 22.43%, 21.21%, 21.08% and 17.78% under PPM, RPM, RSM and CK treatments, respectively. The evaporation rate was significantly different among the treatments. Moreover

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2023-04-10

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Hyder Ali Khaskheli, Rajesh Kumar Soothar, Yaosheng Wang , Muhammad Ali Kapri, Mashooque Ali Talpur, Shakeel Ahmed Soomro and Abdul Latif Qureshi. (2023). Effects of plastic film mulching on soil moisture dynamics, water loss and water use efficiency of grain maize. JPAA, 7(4). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/906

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