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Regression Equations for Rate of Soybean Hypocotyl Elongation by Using Field Data1


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  1. Vol. 19 No. 1, p. 41-46
    Received: Apr 17, 1978

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  1. K. H. Knittle,
  2. J. S. Burris and
  3. D. C. Erbach2



To identify limiting factors for soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) hypocotyl elongation rate under field conditions, regression equations were obtained from data collected entirely in the field for cultivar ‘Wayne’. Seedling samples were excavated, and hypocotyl lengths were measured periodically from early seedling growth until 50% emergence. Soil factors measured were temperature, moisture percentage, and resistance. A soil cone penetrometer for measuring soil resistance was developed. Soil moisture percentage and temperature were used as independent variables in a predictive equation for hypocotyl elongation rate during seed germination and initial stages of hypocotyl elongation. Subsequent (> 1 cm) hypocotyl elongation was predicted with soil resistance, temperature and hypocotyl length as independent variables. The identification of soil resistance as a significant factor affecting hypocotyl growth under field conditions explained differences between the equations developed in this study and those obtained previously in a minimal resistance medium.

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