Effect of cabbage, French bean and snap bean intercropping on the level and quality of yield
Małgorzata Poniedziałek, Aleksandra Zacharias, Edward Kunicki, Renata Suchodolska
Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Plants
Faculty of Horticulture, Agricultural University
Al. 29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
In 1985-1987 the effect of cabbage, French bean and snap bean
intercropping was investigated in the climatic conditions of southern
Poland on degraded chernozem soil. The level of yields, their quality, and
content of dry matter and protein were determined. A remarkable
competition of cabbage in relation to bean accounted for a decrease in
bean yield. The decrease did not appear if weather conditions favored
rapid growth of bean plants in the early part of the vegetative period.
French bean grown as an intercrop accounted for an increase in dry matter of cabbage and a
decrease in dry matter of bean pods. It was found that cabbage grown with
beans to a great degree increased the yield of protein per unit area as
compared with monoculture bean cropping while cabbage and bean
intercropping accounted for decreased protein production per unit area as
compared with cabbage in a homogenous culture. The highest yield of
protein per 1 ha was obtained with cabbage and snap bean intercropping.
Poniedziałek M., Zacharias A., Kunicki E., Suchodolska R., 1989. Effect of cabbage,
French bean and snap bean intercropping on the level and quality of yield. Folia Horticulturae I/2: 37-51.