Influence of sowing date on yields of fresh-harvested Chickpea

Badani, Hana and Katzir, Ishay and Shemesh, David and Gera, Gavriel and Hovav, Ran and Segev, Aharon and Galili, Shmuel (2010) Influence of sowing date on yields of fresh-harvested Chickpea. Journal of Agricultural Science, 2 (4). pp. 83-88.

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Chickpea is the main pulse crop in Israel, covering about 10 000 ha. In order to increase the cultivation area of<br />this crop, efforts have been made to develop agro-techniques for the fresh (immature green) harvesting chickpea.<br />The objective of this study was to determine the effects of five sowing dates on the fresh and dry yields of two<br />important Israeli chickpea cultivars, Zehavit and Bar. A field test conducted during the 2007-2008 winter season<br />employed a split-plot design, in which the first and the second factors were sowing date and cultivar,<br />respectively. The fresh yield, percentage of waste, expected fresh yield, intermediate dried yield and final dry<br />yield were calculated for each plot. Cultivar Zehavit was superior to cv. Bar in terms of all of these parameters,<br />except final dry yield. Thus, cv. Zehavit is the better cultivar for production of fresh-harvested chickpea, due to<br />its ability to produce high yields of fresh seed with a lower percentage of waste. Our results indicate that some<br />chickpea cultivars can be commercialized for production of the fresh-harvested crop in semi-arid climates

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Agronomy and Natural Resources Department, Agricultural Research Organization The Volcani Center, P.O.B. 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Crop Improvement > Plant Breeding
Divisions: Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2011 04:56

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