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Tillage and Seeding Rate Effects on Wheat Cultivars


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  1. Vol. 43 No. 1, p. 202-209
    Received: Jan 22, 2002

    * Corresponding author(s): pcarr@ndsuext.nodak.edu
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  1. Patrick M. Carr *a,
  2. Richard D. Horsleyb and
  3. Woodrow W. Polanda
  1. a North Dakota State Univ., Dickinson Res. Ext. Ctr., 1089 State Ave., Dickinson, ND 58601
    b Dep. Plant Sci., North Dakota State Univ., Fargo, ND 58105


Tillage is declining in wheat production systems in the Great Plains. Our objective was to determine if a tillage × cultivar interaction occurred for grain yield, protein concentration, kernel weight, and test weight for hard red spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L. emend. Thell.) in a wheat–fallow monoculture. We also wanted to know if seeding rate × cultivar and tillage × seeding rate × cultivar interactions occurred for these grain traits. The cultivars AC Minto, Amidon, Bergen, Grandin, and Norm were seeded at 123, 247, and 371 live kernels m−2 in conventional-till (CONT), reduced-till (RT), and no-till (NT) systems in a randomized complete block with a split split-plot arrangement in southwestern North Dakota during 1995–1998. Tillage × cultivar, seeding rate × cultivar, and tillage × seeding rate × cultivar interactions did not occur for any grain trait (P > 0.05). Grain yield, protein concentration, kernel weight, and test weight were unaffected by tillage system. A positive quadratic response in grain yield occurred as the seeding rate was increased. Grain test weight increased from 577 to 586 g m−3 as the seeding rate increased from 123 to 371 kernels m−2, but grain protein concentration and kernel weight were unaffected. Grain yield ranged from 2473 to 3063 kg ha−1, crude protein from 141 to 154 g kg−1, kernel weight from 30 to 32 g (1000 kernels)−1, and test weight from 572 to 590 g m−3 among the five cultivars. Results of this study suggest that cultivar recommendations under CONT can be extended to RT and NT systems in a wheat-fallow monoculture.

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Copyright © 2003. Crop Science Society of AmericaPublished in Crop Sci.43:202–209.