Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Elmer Gray, Ray Johnson, James Worthington

Degree Program

Department of Agriculture

Degree Type

Master of Science


The effects of within-row spacings and cultivars on the yield of bush snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) were studied in two experiments. In each experiment, two cultivars and four within-row spacings (8, 15, 23 and 30 cm) were arranged in a split-plot with four replications. Spacing treatments were the whole plots and cultivars were the split plots. In 1988, the two cultivars were 'Blue Lake 274' and 'White Half Runner'. In 1989, the cultivars were 'Blue Lake 274' and 'Kentucky Wonder 125'. All rows were spaced 91 cm apart. Pods were harvested and oven dried. The data were subjected to analysis of vlriance procedure for a split-plot design, assuming a fixed model.

In 1988, White Half Runner was significantly higher yielding than Blue Lake 274. In 1989, yield of Kentucky Wonder 125 was significantly greater than that of Blue Lake 274.

Bean yields were significantly influenced by spacing treatments in 1988 and 1989. Yields per plant were significantly higher for the 30-cm than for the 15- and 8-cm spacings. Yields for the 23-cm spacing treatment were significantly higher than those for the 8-cm treatment. Yields per meter of row showed no significant differences at any spacings. The linear effect for spacings was significant for both yield per meter of row and yield per plant in 1988 and 1989.


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