Abstract

In row crops, a skip is a length of row within the drill where the crop has failed to establish. If the number of skips and their mean length per acre becomes too high, then considerable losses in crop yield occur. Frequently, farmers are faced with the decision to replant a crop which has row skips. To make the best decision, reliable estimates of the stand loss due to skips must be available. In making this decision, three parameters are useful: the percent of the area per acre that is skipped, the number of individual skips (that is, density) per acre, and the mean row length per skip. The line-intercept method for the sampling of two-dimensional objects (particles) can be used to obtain estimates of these parameters. The method is illustrated with an example from a cotton field.

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Cotton, coverage, line-intercept, plant stand, replanting decisions, rowcrops, sampling, skips

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UTILIZATION OF THE LINE-INTERCEPT METHOD TO ESTIMATE THE COVERAGE, DENSITY, AND AVERAGE LENGTH OF ROW SKIPS IN COTTON AND OTHER ROW CROPS

In row crops, a skip is a length of row within the drill where the crop has failed to establish. If the number of skips and their mean length per acre becomes too high, then considerable losses in crop yield occur. Frequently, farmers are faced with the decision to replant a crop which has row skips. To make the best decision, reliable estimates of the stand loss due to skips must be available. In making this decision, three parameters are useful: the percent of the area per acre that is skipped, the number of individual skips (that is, density) per acre, and the mean row length per skip. The line-intercept method for the sampling of two-dimensional objects (particles) can be used to obtain estimates of these parameters. The method is illustrated with an example from a cotton field.