|Title||Yield and yield attributes of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) cultivars influenced by weed management techniques|
|Authors||Ijaz Ahmad, Imtiaz Khan, Shah Zareen, Muhammad Ishfaq Khan, Rahamdad Khan and Muhammad Haroon|
The performance of tomato cultivars (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) was evaluated using various weed management techniques at the New Research Farm of The University of Agriculture, Peshawar-Pakistan during rabi season 2013-14. The research was carried out in randomized complete block design with split plot arrangement, having three replications. Eight weed management techniques (Black plastic as mulch, Eucalyptus leaves as mulch, Newspaper as mulch, Cyperus rotundus (weed extract), Convolvulus arvensis (weed extract), Ammi visnaga (weed extract), Hand weeding and Control) and three cultivars of tomato (Roma, Money Maker and Rio Grand) were used. All the weed management practices were observed significantly different from one another. Management of weeds through hand weeding produced maximum plant height (cm), branches plant-1, fruits plant-1, weight of fruit plant-1 (kg) and yield (kg ha-1) as compared to control as well as the maximum weed density (m-2) was recorded in control plots. Tomato cultivars were significantly different from one another for all the parameters studied. The cultivar Money Maker had the maximum plant height (cm), branches plant-1, fruits plant-1, weight of fruit plant-1 (kg) and yield (kg ha-1) as compared with other tomato cultivars, while maximum weed density (m-2) was recorded in cultivar Roma but statistically at par with cultivar Rio Grand. It is concluded from this study that growing of cultivar Money Maker and hand weeding technique seems to be the best combination for tomato production in Peshawar for achieving highest yield of tomato crop.