Influence of year and row spacing on yield component and seed yield in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

DOI: 10.18805/lr.v0i0.6838    | Article Id: LR-292 | Page : 325-330
Citation :- Influence of year and row spacing on yield component andseed yield in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) .Legume Research-An International Journal.2017.(40):325-330

Wenxu Zhang,*, Fangshan Xia, Ying Li, Mingya Wang and Peisheng Mao*

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Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Gansu Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, 730070 Lanzhou, China
 

Submitted Date : 10-05-2016
Accepted Date : 8-10-2016

Abstract

A 5 year field experiment was conducted to investigate the influence of different yearly climatic features and row spacing on seed yield and seed yield components during the 2008-2012 growing seasons in semi-arid soils in northwest China. Rows pacing treatments were 30, 60, 90, and 120 cm. Seed yield and some seed yield components were determined for all treatments. The year affected seed yield components markedly, but row spacing except for the quantity of seeds per pod. The interaction of year and row spacing have a significant impact on racemes per square meter and seed yield (P<0.05). The highest seed yield was gained in the fifth year (409.83 kg ha-1) with 60 cm row spacing (456.30kg ha-1). These results indicated that alfalfa should be planted with 60cm row spacing, which was most productive for improving the alfalfa seed yield in semi-arid lands.

Keywords

Alfalfa Climatic features Row spacing Seed yield Yield components.

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