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  1. Vol. 40 No. 3, p. 655-658
    Received: Apr 23, 1999

    * Corresponding author(s): bob.baker@usask.ca
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Plot Direction and Spacing Effects on Interplot Interference in Spring Wheat Cultivar Trials

  1. F.R. Clarkea,
  2. R.J. Baker *a and
  3. R.M. DePauwb
  1. a Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 Canada
    b Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, Swift Current, SK S9H 3X2 Canada


Interplot interference can distort treatment estimates when genotypes differ for height. Two field arrangements were examined to determine if interplot interference could be reduced. One arrangement compared north–south vs. east–west row direction at Saskatoon in 1995 and 1996. The other experiment investigated the effects of separating plots with a row of spring-planted winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) at Regina and Swift Current in 1995 and 1996. Interplot interference was evaluated with two spring wheat cultivars differing for height, Oslo (short) and Glenlea (tall). Interplot interference caused a 12% yield reduction in Oslo in the north–south rows, which was significantly greater than the 7% yield reduction in the east–west rows. The 7% yield reduction when spring-planted winter wheat separated the plots was significantly less than the 18% yield reduction when plots were adjacent. This study was conducted at fairly high latitudes and the conclusions should be restricted to higher latitudes. We conclude that spring wheat field trials with plots differing for height may have less interplot interference if rows are oriented east–west and separated with winter wheat.

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