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Factors affecting the performance of individual maize plants, Zea mays L.

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dc.contributor.advisor Hammes PS, Prof en
dc.contributor.author Mande AK en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-26T06:08:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-26T06:08:56Z
dc.date.submitted 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/164438
dc.description.abstract Observations on a commercial scale farming operation indicated that irregularity in row spacing of maize may be an important determinant of grain yield. Farm data collected during 1994 confirmed that irregular spacing, missing plants, and the occurrence of blind or cobless plants can all contribute towards yield losses. This may be the result of poor seed quality, planter malfunctioning, soil conditions, and seedling losses due to diseases, insects or bird damage. Experiments were conducted in an attempt to quantify the effect of different factors affecting the performance of individual maize plants in the field. Although differences in seed size resulted in differences in germination and seedling development, no effect of seed size on final yield could be detected in a field experiment. The effect of plant spacing arrangement in the row (three plant per meter equally spaced; three plant per meter combined in one hill' two in one position and one in a succeeding position), were studied in a field experiment and the results demonstrate that variability in in-row spacing had an effect on grain yield. The effect of seed orientation, planting depth and soil temperature on rate of emergence of maize demonstrated that seed orientation has a negligible effect on the rate of emergence, and both temperature and seeding depth influence time to emergence. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Agriculture en
dc.title Factors affecting the performance of individual maize plants, Zea mays L. en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MInstAgrar (Agronomie) en


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