Evaluation of a Feedback Approach to Nitrogen and Pix Application
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AbstractA single field experiment was conducted in 1995 at Maricopa, AZ to compare a scheduled approach (based on stage of growth) versus a feedback approach (based on vegetative status) to both nitrogen (N) and mepiquat chloride (PIX™) applications on Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). PIX feedback treatments were based upon fruit retention (FR) levels and height to node ratios (HNRs) according to established baselines. Scheduled and feedback PIX applications were made for a total of 1.0 pt./acre over two applications, with the scheduled treatments-taking place earlier in the fruiting cycle (early and peak bloom). Feedback PIX treatments began with a single 0.5 pt. /acre application near peak bloom (approx. 2200 heat units after planting (HUAP), 86/55 °F threshold) and followed with a second 0.5 pt. /acre application in late bloom. Scheduled applications of fertilizer N totaled 200 lbs. N/acre from three applications and feedback N treatments received a total of 100 lbs. N/acre from two applications. Treatments consisted of all combinations of scheduled or feedback applications of both N and FIX. The highest lint yields were from a treatment receiving feedback N and FIX, but all treatment yields were not significantly different (P ≥ 0.05) from one another. From a practical (economic) standpoint, however, these treatments were different in terms of the differences of fertilizer N and the timing of the PIX applications required to produce comparable yields. Results from 1995 are consistent with 1993 and 1994 results from the same study.
Series/Report no.Series P-103