Effect Of Ratooning And Nitrogen Application On Lint Yield And Quality Of Cotton Varieties In Central Kenya

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2013
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Julius M.K.M
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About 14 percent of cotton farmers in Central, Eastern and Coastal regions of Kenya grow ratoon cotton. They cut the stalk of the main cotton crop at various heights above the ground surface after the first harvest leaving the stumps to regenerate into new shoots at the onset of the next rainy season to give the ratoon cotton crop. Performance of the ratoon cotton depends on the management of the previous season's cotton crop including the height of cutting and availability of soil moisture and plant nutrients. Information on the effects of cut heights and nitrogen application on growth, pest incidences, seed cotton yield and quality of ratooned cotton varieties in Kenya is limited hence need for this study.
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