Name: Mudare Shingirai
Working place in Quzhou: Quzhou Experimental Station
MSc Resource Utilization, Environmental Science and Plant Protection- Current: China Agricultural University
BSc Honors Degree in Agriculture (Crop Science)- 2017: University of Zimbabwe
Diploma in Agriculture-2013: Chibero College of Agriculture
Farm and agribusiness management
Farm manager- 2013
Sibloy Farm, Marondera
Muchinjike Secondary School- 2014
Subjects: Agriculture (all levels), Geography, History, Science.
Research topic of your thesis: Innovating maize grain legume cropping systems for high yield and nutrition production for smallholder farmers.
What have you done in Quzhou Experiment Station?
Production and harvesting mung bean
In my experiment, two mung bean varieties were grown at different fertilizer levels in rotation with summer maize. I managed, with the help of my Chinese student assistant, the field experiment up to harvesting. We collected samples of mung bean for yield estimation using a quadrat. We collected more samples for nutrient analysis in the grain.
Collecting samples of mung bean for yield estimation and nutrient analysis
I worked together with the Chinese farmers and students assigned to me to collect soil samples from the field in which my experiment was being carried out. Even though there are several methods of collecting soil samples, we used the random sampling method. The samples were then taken to the laboratory for chemical analysis in which I was also involved.
Collecting soil samples following mung bean harvesting.
Summer maize production
Following the mung bean harvest, I established maize within the plots (Denghai 508). I was involved in the planting, general management, and harvesting. All the crops in this rotation system were grown without over-reliance on irrigation.
Summer maize planting at Quzhou experimental station
Maize yield estimations
Through several visits, I managed to grasps some concepts on identifying parameters that are important for yield estimation. These include the number of grains per cob, cob length, cob circumference, cob tip length, and the weight of the grains. Estimating crop yields helps in categorizing farmers into groups depending on the average yield per season.
Maize yield estimation at Wanzhuang STB village.