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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1953. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1953, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of the study presented in this thesis was to find a salt and alkali tolerant crop and to evaluate some of those crop varieties now grown as to their ability to tolerate the salt and alkali conditions present in many Platte Valley soils. It is hoped that by the results obtained in this study better recommendations can be given to the agricultural producers who are faced with the problems of salty and alkali lands.

From the results of this study it appears that for a plant to be economically stable in its production where alkali or saline conditions are prevalent, it must: (a) be able to tolerate the kinds and concentrations of salts present in the saline or alkali soil; (b) be able to germinate and emerge under the very critical conditions that often accompany saline or alkali conditions; (c) be able to withstand the physical stresses that often occur where saline or alkali conditions prevail; and (d) produce a final product that is of good quality and usable to the producer.

Advisor: Louis P. Reitz.