Maize Yield Losses Due to Farmers' Use of Own Seed Saved from Previous Maize Crop

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1995
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Ochieng J.A.W.
Tanga H.M
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In order to reap maximum benefits from agricultural inputs such as fertilisers, farmers should buy "fresh" seed (first generation seed) to plant every season. Improved, genetically pure seed of a variety is formed from carefully chosen male (pollen) and female (seed) parents grown in an isolated seed production field, at least 200 m away from the nearest maize crop. The high yield potential of the variety is locked in such seed. Seed saved from a previous crop may have been formed by contaminating pollen inferior yielding maize plants growing in the neighborhood.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 61 (No. 2), p. 209-211
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