Research Article

Performance of soybean seed yield components in a non-preferential cropping season

Abstract

We evaluated the performance of 25 soybean genotypes sown in the off-season, to identify the morphological attributes and yield determinants for seed yield in this period. The selected genotypes are commonly used among farmers and were purchased from seed traders. Sowing of soybeans during non-preferential times is common in the northern part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul where it is sown after maize as a late crop. The objective was to evaluate the most suitable genotypes for non-preferential cultivation. The experiment was conducted in the agricultural crop year of 2017/2018 in Tenente Portela - RS; the experimental design was a randomized block containing 25 soybean genotypes arranged in three replicates. Analysis of variance showed significance at 5% probability; there was variability for the first pod insertion height, plant height, number of pods on the main stem, number of pods in the branches, number of branches in the main stem, branch length, number of pods containing one seed, number of pods containing two seeds, number of pods containing three seeds, seed mass per fractional plant due to the pod of origin containing one, two and three seeds and seed yield. The genotypes with the highest seed yield in the off-season period in the Northwest of the state of Rio Grande do Sul were BS 2606 IPRO, BMX Magna RR and M 5947 IPRO. The productivity in kg per hectare was established with taller plants with superiority in the number of pods on the main stem, these pods being formed by two to three viable seeds.

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