||Growth Parameter and Yield Component Response of Field Corn to Simulated Acid Rain.
Banwart, W. L. ;
Porter, P. M. ;
Ziegler, E. L. ;
Hassett, J. J. ;
||Illinois Univ. at Urbana-Champaign. Dept. of Agronomy.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Corn plants ;
Air pollution ;
Water pollution ;
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Acid rain occurs in the midwest. Studies to date have suggested minimal yield response of field corn to acid rain. However, small but significant reductions in yield have been shown for some cultivars under extreme conditions. To define further these yield changes the study examined the effect of simulated acid rain on parameters associated with corn yield. Cultivars 'B73 x Mo17' and 'Pioneer 3377' were shielded from ambient rain by two movable rain exclusion shelters. Six simulated rain treatments were applied biweekly within these shelters through the use of a nozzle distribution system. For the most part growth and yield parameters were unaffected by simulated rain treatment. While the only significant yield reduction was a contrast of pH 3.0 and the average of all other treatments for B73 x Mo17, the reduction appears to be the result both of slightly fewer ears and slightly less successful ear fill.