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The impact of plant density on the seed yield and the spring field pea’s yield component

Goran Krizmanić, Marijana Tucak, Andrija Brkić, Monika Marković, Snežana V. Jovanović, Tihomir Čupić (original scientific paper)


The spring field pea is one of the most important coarse legumes. This study was carried out to investigate the response of a spring field pea variety to three plant densities (50, 100, and 150 plant m-2) during the 2017 and 2019 growing seasons in eastern Croatia. The field study was set up as a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) in four replications. The results have demonstrated a significant effect of the plant densities and the growing seasons on the seed yield and on the following yield components: plant height and the number of pods/plant. The effect of plant densities on the number of seeds/pod and the thousand-seed weight was not significant. As for a growing season, the highest seed yield, plant height, the number of pods/plant were obtained in the second growing season. Furthermore, a maximum seed yield was recorded at the 150-plant m-2 plant density. This study has demonstrated that planting the spring field pea at different plant densities significantly modifies the spring field pea yield, plant height and number of pods/plant.

Correspondent author:
Bojan Krizmanić, Agricultural Institute Osijek, Južno predgrađe 17, 31000 Osijek, Croatia,