Field survey of kabuli chickpea and dry bean plant spacing uniformity
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In an effort to reduce capital expenditures, dryland growers of kabuli chickpea and dry bean in Saskatchewan have been seeding their crops with conventional seeding equipment rather than precision planters. Intra-row plant spacing has been non-uniform, and this project was undertaken to quantify that non-uniformity. Data on within-row plant spacing were collected from twenty-nine commercial growers of dry bean and kabuli chickpea in Saskatchewan during the 2000-growing season. Plant spacing was non-uniform, but the need for equipment modifications to improve plant spacing uniformity is uncertain. Preliminary experiments by the Crop Development Centre have shown a yield advantage for dry bean seeded with more uniform spacing. However, little scientific work has been done on the effect of spacing uniformity on chickpea, and the literature reveals conflicting information among crop types. It is speculated that more uniform plant spacing will improve seed quality and reduce weed competition.
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