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Muhammad Bismillah Khan1 and Abdul Khaliq2

1Department of Agronomy, Bahauddiun Zakariya University, Multan, 60800. Pakistan

2Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, 38040, Pakistan

Abstract: Performance of different summer fodders as intercrops in cotton was studied at the Agronomic Research Area, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Cotton was planted in 80-cm apart single rows and 120-cm spaced double row strips, while maize, sorghum, ricebean and cowpea fodders were intercropped in the space between 80-cm apart single rows as well as 120-cm spaced double row strips of cotton. The intercrops produced substantially smaller fresh weights in either planting pattern compared to the sole crop yields. However, intercropping system as a whole resulted in higher economic returns as compared to the sole crop of cotton. All the fodders intercropped in 120-cm apart double row strips of cotton produced significantly higher fresh weight as compared to 80-cm apart single rows, intercropping system.

Keywords: Cowpeas, cotton, cultivar, double row strip, fodders, intercropping, maize, planting pattern, rice bean, sorghum.