SOME SPACING EXPERIMENTS WITH SWEET POTATOES IN BARBADOS

Each year about 1,500 to 2,000 acres of sweet potatoes are grown in Barbados as a crop in z-ota tion with sugar cane. Yields range from 1 1/2 to 6 tons per acre. This is regarded as Poor to moderate. It is felt that the traditional. system of planting sweet pota toes is 􀀀m􀀀a􀀀i􀀀n􀀀l􀀀~􀀀' responsible for such low yields. .. Research work on variety testing, fertilizer and population density studies has been done. It appears from work done between 1960-65 that yields can mainly be improved by increasing plant populations and by improved varieties. The yields from some 10 local V'arie.ties and 5 introduced varieties were tested and results indicate that the local varieties, with one exception, are sup,erior in yields and quality. With plant spacings of 12", 18", 24" and 30" on 5' banks, the 􀀀l􀀀~􀀀' spacing gave the highest yields, but still better yields were obtained with 2?' to 3&' banks.


Issue Date:
Jul 25 1966
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
8




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