Native and Introduced Legumes in the Virgin Islands: Soil Improvement and livestock Feed

Steep slopes and limited water resources in the Virgin Islands encourage the establishment of permanent pastures and orchard crops for soil conservation while intensifying land management. The rising costs of energy and transportation have increased the price of both animal feeds and nitrogen fertilizers, which are imported. These factors have made more imperative the successful incorporation of N-fixing legumes into the various farming systems. Six legumes, Leuceana leucocephala (Lam.) DeWit, Teramnus labialis (L.f.) Spreng, Vigna luteola (Jacq.) Benth., Macropitilium atropurpurea (DC) Urban, Neonotonia wightii Lackey, and L. leucocephala var. K-8, were evaluated chemically and agronomically for use as pasture, green manure, and rover crops. In addition, 20 other native or naturalized species of legumes were suggested for greater utilization in farm systems in the Virgin Islands and West Indies.

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Oct 21 1984
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Conference Paper/ Presentation
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