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Crop Science Abstract -

Influence of Sorghum Seed Weight on the Performance of the Resulting Crop1


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  1. Vol. 14 No. 6, p. 835-836
    Received: May 3, 1974

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  1. Hyoung W. Suh,
  2. A. J. Casady and
  3. R. L. Vanderlip2



Crops grown in 1971 and 1972 from sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] seed of two different weights were compared to determine the influence of seed weight on the resulting crop. The lighter seed weighed about 86% as much as the heavier seed. Genetic differences were essentially eliminated and quality differences minimized between the two seed weights.

Characteristics of the crops studied were emergence percentage; seedling weight; days to 50y0 bloom; leaf blade width, length, and area; culm diameter; plant height; number of nodes; test weight; kernel weight; kernels per panicle; panicles per plant; and grain yield. Except for a difference of 0.03 cm in culm diameter in 1971 and a difference of 0.6% in emergence in 1972, the crops from the two seed weights did not differ significantly for the characteristics studied.

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