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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Scales 2: Computer Program to Convert among Developmental Stage Scales for Corn and Small Grains


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  1. Vol. 90 No. 2, p. 235-238
    Received: Aug 1, 1997

    * Corresponding author(s): dharrell@unlinfo.unl.edu
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  1. Dorothy M. Harrell ,
  2. Wallace W. Wilhelm and
  3. Gregory S. McMaster
  1. D ep. of Agronomy
    U SDA-ARS and Dep. of Agronomy, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583
    U SDA-ARS, Great Plains Systems Res., P.O. Box E, Fort Collins, CO 80522



Producers and agronomists need crop developmental scales that are easy to use, universally accepted, and accurate. Development of such a scale requires correlation of stages among scales currently in use and correlation of developmental patterns among crops. A computer program for converting among staging systems is a useful tool in developing new staging systems with wider applicability. The BBCH scale (BASF-Bayer-Ciba-Geigy-Hoechst) has been proposed as a prototype of a universal scale. Weh ave added the BBCH scale to our scale conversion program for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and developed a similar conversion program for corn (Zea mays L.), based on correlations reported in the literature. SCALES 2 provides a tool to translate among several widely used scales for corn and small-grain development, and can be used to develop familiarity with the various scales.

Joint contribution of the USDA-ARS and the Nebraska Agric. Res. Div. Published as Journal Series no. 11986, Agric. Res. Div., Univ. of Nebraska.

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