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Abstract

Deployment methods of Brachiaria sp. in consortium with green corn.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate different methods of deploying Brachiaria in consortium with corn (Zea mays). The experimental design was randomized blocks, which corresponded respectively to the planting of corn with two companion crops (Brachiaria decumbens cv. Basilisk and Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu), three methods of seeding intercropped crop (planted simultaneously with maize, sown with a lag of 20 days after maize and maize grown simultaneously with using a dosing of 0.5 kg ha-1 of active ingredient or 1/3 of the recommended dose of herbicide to control invasive plants and intercropping) and an additional treatment related to maize cultivation in the traditional system (control) in a randomized block design with four replications. Morphogenetic and agronomic characteristics of corn and dry matter of the whole system were analyzed. There was no difference (p>0.05) between treatments for the analyzed variables, except the variable dry matter production where the corn consortium with B. decumbens underdosing applying herbicide at 20 days of emergency in the most balanced results system.