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This study compared alternate tillage practices for peanut production. The influence of these alternate tillage practices on peanut yield, crop value, and grade factors were evaluated. Alternate tillage practices consisted of a power-driven rotary tiller or rolling cultivators with planters attached. Tillage and planting were performed simultaneously immediately following moldboard plowing. This was compared to the conventional practice of moldboard plowing in late March, and two disking operations prior to planting. Results indicated approximately a 10% increase in peanut yield and crop value for the alternate tillage treatments as compared to the conventional treatment. Although not determined in this study, the alternate tillage practices have the potential to reduce soil compaction, reduce the potential of soil erosion, and reduce land preparation input costs.
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Keywords: Arachis hypogaea L, Groundnuts, Peanut yield, Peanut Crop Value, tillage methods
How to Cite:
Wright, F., (1991) “Alternate Tillage Practices for Peanut Production in Virginia”, Peanut Science 18(1), p.9-11. doi: https://doi.org/10.3146/i0095-3679-18-1-4