International Journal of Agriculture, Biology & Environment (e-ISSN 2582-6107) DOI: 10.47504/IJAGRI <p><img src="" /></p> <p>International Journal of Agriculture, Biology &amp; Environment (IJAGRI) publishes new ideas, the state of the art research results, and fundamental advances in all fields of agriculture, Biology &amp; Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture, as reviews, research articles, and short communications. The <strong>IJAGRI</strong> Journal is the Agricultural Science, journal with e-ISSN: 2582-6107, and DOI: 10.47504/IJAGRI publishes original research articles, review articles, and letters to the editor.</p> <p>Openly accessible IJAGRI provides wider sharing of knowledge and the acceleration of research, and is thus in the best interest of authors, and potential readers, and increases the availability, accessibility, visibility, and impact of the papers, and the journal as a whole. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> en-US (editor ijagri) (.) Thu, 28 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Interactive Effects of Tillage and Mulch Type on Soil and Crop Canopy Temperature and Yield of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor, L) <p><em>This paper investigates the interactive effects that tillage and mulch types have on soil and crop canopy temperature and the subsequent influence on final grain yields of a sorghum (Sorghum bicolor var rakodzi) crop stand. Two experimental sites, one farmer managed, and the other researcher managed were established in Mbire District of Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe during the 2020/2021 Zimbabwean farming season. A 3x4 factorial experiment laid in a Randomized Complete Block Design with three replications, was conducted to investigate the hypothesis that tillage and mulch have no effect on soil and crop canopy temperatures. Significant interactions (P&lt;0.05) occurred between mulch and tillage types to influence canopy temperature at critical stages of late vegetative and grain filling at 25 and 75 days after sowing, respectively. Mulch and tillage types also interacted significantly (p&lt;0.05) at critical stages of booting and grain filling at 50 and 75 days after sowing respectively to subsequently influence final grain yield. Sorghum straw used as mulch in raised beds resulted in the highest grain yields of 2.89 tons Ha<sup>-1</sup>.&nbsp; Conversely, lowest grain yields were realized from raised beds with no mulch as 1.89 tons Ha<sup>-1</sup>. Thus, it was established that tillage and mulch can interact to affect both crop canopy and soil temperature at crop critical stages that will in turn impact on crop final grain yields. Farmers in the semi-arid regions of Zimbabwe are encouraged to be cognisant of this interactive effect to maximise sorghum crop productivity.&nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p> Edmore Hungwe, Veronica Makuvaro, Johnson Masaka, Munyaradzi Gwazane Copyright (c) 2023 Edmore Hungwe, Veronica Makuvaro, Johnson Masaka Sat, 28 Oct 2023 00:00:00 +0000