Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) Response to Irrigation Regime and Plant Population Density

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`Maffei-15' lima beans were subjected to three irrigation regimes (natural rainfall only, partial = 50 mm each week of rain or irrigation from first-flower bud to harvest, and full = 50 mm each week of rain or irrigation from planting to harvest), two between-row spacings (38 and 76 cm), and two in-row plant spacings (5 and 10 cm). The wider in-row spacing increased individual plant vegetative growth but had no effect on economic yield. The combination of 38-cm rows and partial irrigation provided the highest crop growth rate, plant dry matter, leaf area index, water-use efficiency, and economic yieid (equivalent to 3.3 t·ha-1).

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