EFFECT OF PLASTIC MULCHES AND IRRIGATION LEVELS ON YIELD PARAMETERS OF TOMATO (SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM) IN MADURAI DISTRICT OF TAMIL NADUM. Jayalalitha, M. Rajeswari, P. Saravanapandian and R. Lalitha
A field experiment was conducted to study the effect of different plastic mulches (black on silver, silver on black, white on black, and control) and ETc(100, 80 and 60%) on tomato yield in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. The design of experiment used was factorial randomized block design (FRBD) with three replications. The yield parameters were measured. The results revealed that the highest total yield (119.1 t ha-1), fruit diameter (7.91cm), fruit weight (88.31 kg), number of fruits/plants(93.1, no.) and fruit yield/plant (8.12kg) were registered with the treatments combination of white on black mulch with 80% ETc.