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Effect of no-tillage and mulching with cover crops on yield of parsley

Marzena Błażewicz-Woźniak

Department of Soil Cultivation and Fertilization of Horticultural Plants
Agricultural University in Lublin
Leszczyńskiego 58, 20-068 Lublin, Poland
e-mail: marzena.wozniak@ar.lublin.pl

In field experiments with parsley ‘Berlińska’, following factors were compared: 1) cultivation system (no-tillage and conventional tillage with spring ploughing), 2) usage of cover crop mulches: white mustard (Sinapis alba L.), spring vetch (Vicia sativa L.), tansy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia B.), oat (Avena sativa L.). Total and marketable yields of parsley roots were affected in large extent by weather conditions. Significantly higher total yield of parsley roots was obtained from plots cultivated in a conventional way, comparing to no-tillage method. Reduced soil cultivation system (no-tillage) had no negative influence on marketable yield of parsley roots. Oat and phacelia mulches created the best conditions, whereas mustard mulch created the worst environment for parsley yielding.

Błażewicz-Woźniak M., 2005. Effect of no-tillage and mulching with cover crops on yield of parsley. Folia Horticulturae 17/2: 3-10.