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Impact of Pre-Sowing Red Light Treatment of Sweet Corn Seeds on the Quality and Quantity of Yield

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Department of Biophysics, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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Department of Agricultural, Forest and Transport Machinery, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Głęboka 28, 20-612 Lublin, Poland
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Department of Animal Raw Materials Technology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Skromna 8, 20-704 Lublin, Poland
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Agriculture 2020, 10(5), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10050165
Received: 2 April 2020 / Revised: 6 May 2020 / Accepted: 10 May 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
This paper presents the results of a study on the effects of red light treatment of sweet corn seeds on the quantity and quality of the subsequent yield (total and marketable), as well as the length of cobs and thousand kernel weight. The respective groups of kernels were exposed to light: 1—once (K1), 2—twice (K2), and 3—thrice (K3); the control seeds were untreated. The light treatment had a positive impact on the analyzed values. Relative to the control, we observed a yield increase of approx. 5% for the Basin cultivar and approx. 25% for the Shaker and Powerhouse cultivars under the K2 mode. We also recorded an increase in the percentage of marketable yield of approx. 20%, 45%, and 48%, respectively for the Shaker, Powerhouse, and Basin cultivars. Positive effects were also observed in terms of cob length and thousand kernel weight for all treatment modes and cultivars analyzed. The obtained results support the inclusion of this method in the scope of recommendable agrotechnical practices aimed at improving the quantity and quality of yields of various crops and vegetables. View Full-Text
Keywords: corn; quantity and quality of yield; cob length; thousand kernel weight; red light radiation corn; quantity and quality of yield; cob length; thousand kernel weight; red light radiation
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Dziwulska-Hunek, A.; Szymanek, M.; Stadnik, J. Impact of Pre-Sowing Red Light Treatment of Sweet Corn Seeds on the Quality and Quantity of Yield. Agriculture 2020, 10, 165.

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