Best Crop and Fertilizer Management Effects in Yield of Oil Palm in Ecuador, 2008
The first year of oil palm production data showed yield increases in all treatments providing better pruning and a weekly harvest schedule which is about 15% more intense than regular operations. No differences existed between other treatments. Thus, simple changes in harvest operations is reflected in a 15% yield gain, but it is still too early to see the benefits of improved nutrient management and weed control. The experiment is entering its second year and we expect to have better yields with treatments including balanced nutrition.
In 2009, a second experiment is planned for a plantation at Tarragona in the Quininde region which has similar weather, but loamy soils. Ecuador-13