Effects of Different Seeding Rate and Row Spacing on Yield and Yield Components of Narbon Vetch (Vicia narbonensis) in Bale Highlands
International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2020, Pages: 21-25
Received: Apr. 3, 2020; Accepted: Apr. 23, 2020; Published: May 19, 2020
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Berhanu Tassew, Sinana Agricultural Research Center, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia
Aliyi Kedu, Sinana Agricultural Research Center, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia
Teklu Wegi, Sinana Agricultural Research Center, Bale-Robe, Ethiopia
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Narbon vetch (Vicia narbonensis) is among vetch species adapted to highlands of Bale. It is semi-erect to erect vetch with striking similar to faba bean. Seed rate and row spacing are among the most important factors affecting dry matter and seed yield of any crops. However, optimum seed rate and row spacing were not determined for narbon vetch under conditions of Bale high lands. Therefore, the experiment was conducted from 2014-2017 on research field of Sinana Agricultural Research Center, Sinana on-farm and Agarfa research subsite with the objective of determining optimum seed rate and row spacing for yield and yield components of narbon vetch under conditions of Bale highlands. Narbon vetch variety ‘Abdeta’ that was released from Sinana Agricultural Research Center in 2011 was used as a test crop for this experiment. The treatments consisted of three row spacing intervals (20 cm, 30 cm and 40 cm) and six seed rate levels (30 Kg/ha, 45 Kg/ha, 60 kg/ha, 75 Kg/ha, 90 Kg/ha and 105 Kg/ha) laid out in factorial combination of randomized complete block design (RCBD) replicated three times. The analysis of variance showed that seed rate and row spacing had a significant effect on yield and yield components of narbon vetch. The highest seed yield (43.22 qt/ha) was obtained from narbon vetch planted at a seed rate level of 60 kg/ha. Row spacing of 20 cm had also leaded to highest seed and dry matter yield. Based on the current study it was concluded that narbon vetch can be produced at a seed rate of 60 kg/ha and 20 cm row spacing in high lands of Bale and similar agro-ecologies.
Bale Highlands, Narbon Vetch, Row Spacing, Seed Rate, Yield, Yield Components
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Berhanu Tassew, Aliyi Kedu, Teklu Wegi, Effects of Different Seeding Rate and Row Spacing on Yield and Yield Components of Narbon Vetch (Vicia narbonensis) in Bale Highlands, International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2020, pp. 21-25. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaas.20200602.12
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