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Family: Sesame family
Other names: Benne seed, Beni, Benneseed, Benniseed, Gingelly, Sim sim, Til
Sesame is an excellent rotation crop of cotton, corn, peanut, wheat, and sorghum; reduces nematode populations that attack cotton and peanut; excellent soil builder- improves the soil texture and moisture retention; lessens soil erosion - the composted sesame leaves left on the soil binds the ground; retains soil moisture better for planting the next crop; increases the yield of the following crop; resistant to drought; tolerant to insect pests and diseases; and a low cost crop and one of the best alternative specialty crops.
OISAT Field Guides
Field Guide to Non- chemical Pest Management in Sesame Production download (410 kb)
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- Bhatti, I.H,; Ahmad, R.: and Nazir M. S. (2005): Agronomic traits of sesame as affected by grain legumes intercropping and planting patterns. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences 42: pp. 56–60.
- Weiss, E. H. (1983): Oil seed crops. Longman: New York.