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Growing Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) on Beds in Saline Soil


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  1. Vol. 63 No. 5, p. 768-769
    Received: Feb 22, 1971

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  1. A. D. Day,
  2. Fred Turner Jr. and
  3. R. M. Kirkpatrick2



Studies were conducted over a 2-year period at Safford, Ariz, to compare two methods (conventional drilling and two rows per bed) and two rates (28 and 56 kg/ha) of planting spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) on elevated beds in saline soil. Beds were oriented in two directions: north to south and east to west.

Conventional drilling on beds resulted in both higher grain yields and grain volume-weights than did the two-row method of planting. Planting 56 kg/ha resulted in higher grain yields and volume-weights than did planting 28 kg/ha. rain yields were higher from barley grown on east-west beds than from barley grown on north-south beds. The two-row method of planting on beds resulted in more weeds than did the drilled method of planting. The research indicated that when barley was grown in saline soil, highest yields of quality grain were obtained when the crop was drilled at 56 kg/ha on east-west beds.

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