Effect of Leaf Removal at Four Stages of Growth on Yield of Castorbeans1
- D. L. Kittock and
- J. H. Williams2
Removal of castorbean (Ricinus communis L.) leaves at four growth stages at the rates of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and total defoliation resulted in lower yields than the check. Differences between most partial defoliation treatments were not large enough to be significant. Stage of growth when partial defoliation treatments were applied had no significant effect on yield. Total plant defoliation at each of the four dates resulted in yields that were significantly lower than the check. Differences between dates were also significant. Regrowth following the first two total defoliations produced yields that were adequate to justify continuation of fields under farm conditions. Best yield recovery occurred following defoliation at the bloom stage of the primary raceme.
Alternaria leaf spot [Alternarla ricini (Yoshii) Hansford] infection occurred after tertiary racemes started blooming but before quaternary racemes started bloomingPlease view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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