Performance of Seed-Primed Ricebean (Vigna umbellata L.) Using Organic-Based Priming Materials and Priming Duration

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Hector C. Gayomba Belinda A. Tad-awan Hilda V. Palaes Juniel S. Busiguit


Ricebean is valued for its nutritional content and as a legume, it provides soil health benefits which is an essential element in farming systems. Long storage of its seeds affects the seed quality which lessens the production as well as the income of the grower. For these reasons, seed priming is practiced to enhance seed performance for better crop stand. Thus, this study was conducted from January to June 2019 at Benguet State University (BSU) experiment area, La Trinidad, Benguet to determine the best organic-based priming materials for ricebean production; the best soaking duration for ricebean seeds; the interaction effect of organic-based priming material and soaking duration of seeds on the growth and yield of ricebean; and the profitability of ricebean primed at different duration using organic-based materials. Ricebean seeds primed with garlic extract has the earliest emergence and number of normal seedlings, heaviest seeds, and total seed yield. Among the soaking duration, 6 hours has the earliest emergence; highest percent emergence; the greatest number of normal seedlings and seeds per pod; and the heaviest 200 seed-weight and total seed yield. The growth and yield of the ricebean plants were not considerably influenced by the interactions of the priming duration and organic-based priming materials. Garlic extract priming material and six hours of priming showed the highest return on cash expenses.

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