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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1951. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1951, the author. Used by permission.


Studies over a two year period, 1949 and 1950, were made on the characteristics of partridge pea as a legume to be used in a soil conservation program. Samples for yields of plant growth of both partridge pea and non-legume material were collected by using the sample quadrat method. Seed production and the nitrogen content of the residue materials were determined. Germination studies were conducted during the winter to study the influence of hard seed on germinative ability of the seed. Also treatments, chemical as well as mechanical, were used to determine the effect on germination of seed.

Data from the two year study show that this legume has produced 2.6 times as much residue for soil protection as that of stubble fields devoid of the legume. The total nitrogen in the residue produced on areas growing the legume was 6.2 times as great as that of the residue from areas in which no legume was grown. The total nitrogen in the residue was largely that of the legume since in most cases little non-legume under growth was present. The two year average seed yield was 445 pounds per acre.

Advisors: T. H. Goodding and F. L .Duley