Cross-crop fertilization

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
An article in SciDev.net reports that trials done in Egypt have shown that bean, corn and maize crops fertilized with compost made with banana plant residues had better yields and required less water than when other fertilizers were used. In Egypt, where banana plants are usually burned after harvest to make way for another crop, this alternative practice would allow for plants infected with the banana bunchy top virus to be recycled into compost since it would not be used on banana plants.