Soil fatigue in Israeli banana plantations: definition and development of a mitigating cultivation protocol

G. Or, I. Elingold, A. Londener, Y. Bar-Noy, O. Bakhshian, N. Galpaz
Soil fatigue due to rapid deterioration of soil fertility results in decline in yields and severe losses for Israeli banana producers. In the Jordan Valley region, a 29% decline in yield level was recorded 5 years after planting, and 40% in the 10th year. As a result, 10 to 12 years after planting, cultivation in the plots have to be terminated, and soil fertility recovered through 3 to 5 years of crop rotation with low-value crops. The causative agent(s) of soil fatigue in Israel are poorly understood. To resolve the losses incurred by Israeli farmers, a novel, disinfectant-free cultivation protocol, designated ‘short-term double row’,, was developed and tested for the elimination of soil fatigue, thereby securing stable and high yields for a longer cultivation period.
Or, G., Elingold, I., Londener, A., Bar-Noy, Y., Bakhshian, O. and Galpaz, N. (2023). Soil fatigue in Israeli banana plantations: definition and development of a mitigating cultivation protocol. Acta Hortic. 1367, 81-86
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2023.1367.9
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2023.1367.9
Musa acuminata, subtropical conditions, soil-fertility, yield loss
English

Acta Horticulturae