Yield and Quality Response of Soybean to Full and Deficit Irrigation at Different Growth Stages under Sub-Humid Climatic Conditions

CANDOĞAN B. N., Yazgan S.

JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES-TARIM BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.22, no.2, pp.129-144, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1501/tarimbil_0000001375
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-144
  • Keywords: Deficit irrigation, Soybean, Seed yield, Yield components, Crude oil content, Crude protein content, WATER-USE EFFICIENCY, MAX L. MERR., STRESS, SEED, REGIMES, WHEAT
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated the yield and quality response of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] to full and deficit irrigation applied at different growth stages under sub-humid climate conditions over a two-year period. A rain-fed (non-irrigated) treatment and 13 different irrigation treatments (1 full and 12 deficit irrigations) were applied to soybeans at four critical development stages: vegetative (V), flowering (F), pod formation (P) and seed enlargement (S). Deficit irrigation had a significant effect on seed yield, crude oil content, crude protein content and various agronomic parameters. The highest seed yield (4004 kg ha(-1)) was obtained with full irrigation (based on the replenishment of 100% of soil water depletion from a soil depth of 90 cm at 7-day intervals throughout the development period) and the lowest (1974 kg ha(-1)) with the rain-fed treatment, with a 50.6% difference in average yield between full irrigation (VFPS) and rain-fed treatments. The rain-fed treatment also resulted in the lowest crude oil content (19.1%) and the highest crude protein content (33.6%). As a result, it may be concluded that while VFPS treatment may be the best choice for maximum yield under local conditions, irrigation schedules should be reconsidered when water cost is high and/or water is scarce; in such cases, an irrigation schedule that includes water deficit at the vegetative development stage can be applied.