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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Differential Response of Cynodon Varieties to Type of Sprig Storage and Planting Depth


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  1. Vol. 58 No. 2, p. 231-234
    Received: Aug 14, 1965

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  1. R. E. Chiles,
  2. Wayne W. Huffine and
  3. J. Q. Lynd2



Effects of preplant wet and dry storage of sprigs and depth of planting were determined with four forage-type bermudagrass varieties: Coastal, Midland, Greenfield, and a common selection. Wet-stored sprigs had higher average percent sprouting of both sprigs and buds for all four varieties. Dry storage reduced percent moisture content, vigor of sprouts, and the number of sprouting buds throughout a 16-day period. Less mold growth and disease damage developed with wet storage conditions. Best results were obtained with the common bermudagrass selection which had a total nitrogen content of sprigs averaging 1.34% and 1.26% for wet and dry storage treatments, respectively. These values were over three times higher than the total nitrogen content of sprigs from the other three varieties. There was both a delay in emerging sprouts and a decrease in percentage of sprigs sprouting as planting depth increased from 1 to 4 inches for all four varieties.

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