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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Runoff Farming in the Desert IV. Survival and Yields of Perennial Range Plants1


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  1. Vol. 62 No. 6, p. 695-699
    Received: Nov 21, 1969

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  1. N. H. Tadmor,
  2. M. Evenari and
  3. L. Shanan2



Survival, performance and yields of 80 ecotypes of 30 perennial range plant species grown with water spreading in a 100-mm winter-rainfall desert, were recorded over a 9-year period. Phalaris tuberosa, Oryzopsis miliacea, and Medicago saliva were outstanding in all respects, surviving a 34-month drought period and recovering to yield 25 to 35 ton/ha fresh matter (6 to 11 ton/ha dry). Festuca arundinacea, Hyparrhenia hirta, Cynodon dattylon, Dactylis glomerata, Hordeum bulbosum, and Panicum antidotale also produced substantial yields.

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